Monday, March 7, 2005

The Health Hazards Of Low-Riding Pants

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fashionable short skirts and baggy jeans that hang below the belt are turning the current generation of youngsters into prime candidates for hip replacement surgery.

According to posture expert Jean Couch of the Balance Center in Palo Alto, California, the low-rise fashions have “ruined the structure of the human body.”

She says young boys who wear baggy jeans have to spread their legs wide to keep their drawers from falling down, changing the alignment between their hips and legs in a way which wears out the hip socket and could cause arthritis later in life.

Short skirts are no better, because girls have to keep their knees together and that throws their leg bones and hips out of alignment in a similar way.

Couch calls the trend “a catastrophic problem” especially because it’s harder to correct bad posture in young people because their bones are so malleable.

Her solution? “I propose they get different pants,” Couch says, adding, “someone needs to change what’s cool.”

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