General Health, Health and Wellness

A Legit (Health) Reason to Hate Skinny Jeans

0 Comments 07 May 2013

dangers of wearing skinny jeansHate on, those of us who are too “curvy” to wear them! Here’s why you’re really better off without this trend that refuses to die, from the hilarious Encyclopedia Paranoiaca: The Indispensable Guide to Everyone and Everything You Should Be Afraid of or Worried About by Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf.

“Skinny jeans” may look sexy, but according to New Orleans neurologist Dr. John England, the increasing number of women who have taken to wearing them are running the risk of suffering from a nerve condition called meralgia paresthetica, or, as it’s more popularly known, “tingling thigh syndrome.” The condition occurs when constant pressure—in the case of skinny jeans it’s rendered by the skintight denim—cuts off your lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, causing a numb, tingling, or burning sensation along the thigh. Sometimes, merely swearing off restrictive clothing is all it takes to remedy “tingling thigh syndrome,” the Johns Hopkins Hospital advises. But, unfortunately, an injection of a corticosteroid may occasionally also be needed to reduce swelling. And in truly stubborn cases, the hospital warns, a procedure known as “sensory nerve surgery” may be required to relieve the compression surrounding the nerve.

Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

Henry Beard


Henry Beard attended Harvard University and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He went on to found the National Lampoon with Douglas Kenney and served as its editor during the magazine’s heyday in the 1970s. He has written numerous bestselling humor books, including Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life and (with Christopher Cerf) The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook.

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