A one-case study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry set the whole internet on fire.
You might have, at least flimsily, stumbled upon writings warning against the extraordinary dangers that skinny jeans are bringing to those who chose to wear them. A cohort of so called evidence stemmed out of these writings sparked by the said study and pitted skinny jeans in the shame compartment of modern fashion. But what of those skinny jeans?
The study – published in the Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry Journal concerned one singled out case of an Australian 35-year old woman who clearly did not dress for the occasion.
While helping a friend with the bundle of tasks required by moving out, this woman decided that the wise thing to do is to wear a pair of all too tight skinny jeans through hours of strenuous physical activity. Squatting, leaning, carrying and other activities that put a lot of pressure on the muscles and nerves were all carried out in a pair of skinny jeans.
Nothing short of improper attire for the occasion, the skinny jeans seem to have caused the woman’s leg to stop functioning normally, leading to her collapse.
After a few hours spent in the same spot where she had collapsed, she was found and taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with compartment syndrome.
This diagnose is consistent with a compression of the muscles and nerves so strong that it numbs feeling in both the feet and ankles.
She was cut out of the dangerous piece of clothing and spent four days under medical supervision until she was well to walk on her own two feet again.
Well, based on this one-case study, the media was buzzing with pitching skinny jeans as some demonized form of self-imposed torture that may exclusively lead to health issues, possibly leaving the wearer impaired for life.
Thankfully, there’s the team who sees the facts as they happened. By no means is anyone trying to contradict that under the circumstances the skinny jeans did not play their role. Yet, what of the woman’s choice of clothing?
This blown out of proportions study seems to be a case of poor choices rather than a case against skinny jeans.
How about a study that rather than focusing on the particularities of one case of a woman wearing skinny jeans that brought her to collapse, statistics were used?
Plot skinny jeans sales and compare this data over, let’s say, a decade, to the incidence of compartment syndrome. Still not entirely convincing, yet more scientific than a cohort of blind arguments against one piece of clothing.
Skinny jeans are not the demons of fashion. Wear them responsibly and dress for the occasio. This is a piece of advice that goes a longer way than the fear-mongering arguments concerning skinny jeans lately.
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