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Well it looks like old folks have found another trend that can supposedly harm people who want to be fashionable. According to researchers, “skinny jeans” can temporarily pinch the nerves in your hips, causing a nerve disorder named meralgia paresthetica.

“The disorder that occurs when one of the nerves that runs in the outer part of the thigh gets compressed. The pressure on it causes symptoms of tingling, numbness and pain,” said Urologist, Dr. Karen Boyle.

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According to an ABC News report, this unhealthy trend even has swept up the health-conscious First Family, as Michelle Obama and her daughters have been spotted wearing the “dangerous” jeans. (BTW, The First Lady is rocking those jeans!)

In African-American culture, the rise in skinny jeans popularity — which comes in and out of style every few decades (they were huge in the nut-hugging late 70s and early 80s [think Dallas] with white men who felt the tightness went well with their big Cowboy belt-buckles and boots [curiously, no research was released then]) — has been attributed to rappers Kid Cudi and Lil Wayne, who actually sags his pants so far down this problem probably wouldn’t affect him.

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Check out the video for yourself, courtesy of that crack health team over at ABC News:

And for laughs, check out comedian Lil Duval attempt to fit into some skinny jeans after Lil Wayne’s now infamous MTV VMA performance, where he debuted his colorful, women’s skinny jeans:

  • leelah

    wow! look at Michelle in that outfit. I’m clutchin my pearls over here.

  • Treece

    Seriously….? Are we really doing faux science work on the effects of wearing skinny jeans? A news station actually did a report on this? Never mind the fact that this condition would probably only occur if the jeans were outrageously tight and you wore them every single day….an extremely rare occurrence. Pop science is for the birds. Invest time and money on studies that are worthwhile please (like cancer, AIDS, clean energy sources, etc.). Do not waste people’s time with this garbage.

  • DownSouth Transplant

    I had to do a double take she sure is rocking them!!!

  • BriA

    Exactly!!! I was about to say I can only see this happening if the person isn’t wearing their right size and trying to squeeze into something they can’t fit……

  • Jenny

    Umm skinny jeans are different from tight jeans, right?

  • jamesfrmphilly

    i’ve seen some that damaged MY nerves…

  • AM


    THANKS for the LAUGH!! I LOVE your response. Happy New Year boo. I might take the late train to Philly baby, tonite!

  • binks

    Yes at Michelle Obama…as for the report what else is new, hell water and air can be bad for you too.

  • Oh

    Tight ass jeans being renamed skinny jeans was a genius marketing move but women in the Bronx have been sporting tight ass errr skinny jeans since the ’80s with no problem. Lol

  • Mr. Man

    I dunno maybe someone over at ABC is jealous’n real hard because the most they can do is WISH they can look as good as Michelle in those skinny jeans..

  • Val

    I know, right. Everybody is acting brand new about tight jeans.

  • Kacey

    She looks uncomfortable to me.

  • jcross

    The nerve damage issue is fairly new news to me, but what I’ve been told before is that tight jeans are not healthy for the private area. Yes, underwear and stockings and leggings are tight as well but they’re usually made with BREATHABLE or light materials. That’s why denim undies are not so common, aside from being uncomfortable :) We’re all entitled to our own opinions and people will do what they want. However, using ‘people have been doing it for years’ doesn’t mean it’s unhealthy lol.

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