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 Thursday, 9 January, 2003, 16:31 GMT
Hip-hugging trousers 'are health risk'
Britney Spears performing in Mexico City, July 2002
Britney Spears favours hip-hugging pants
Young women like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are putting their health at risk by wearing hip-hugging jeans, doctors warn.

The tight, low-rise trousers favoured by the pop stars can squeeze a sensory nerve under the hipbone and cause a tingling sensation in the thighs called paresthesia.

The feeling is not permanent, but Canadian doctors warn it may last if the jeans are worn regularly.

Three women suffering from the condition have been treated at the Timmins and District Hospital in Ontario, Canada.

Now that hip-huggers are back in fashion, physicians can expect to see more patients with tingly thighs

Dr Malvinder Parmar, Timmins and District Hospital
Paresthesia has also been linked to obesity, car seat belts, sitting with crossed legs for extended periods of time and wearing tight corsets or heavy tool belts.

Constantly squeezing fat wallets into trouser pockets has also led to pain for some patients.

Loose dresses

Dr Malvinder Parmar, medical director at the hospital, detailed the cases of the three women in a letter to the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

They had been suffering from paresthesia for between six and eight months.

He wrote: "All had symptoms of tingling or a burning sensation ... and mild local tenderness.

"Now that hip-huggers are back in fashion, physicians can expect to see more patients with tingly thighs."

He said the symptoms disappeared within six weeks after the women had switched to wearing loose-fitting clothing.

And he suggested women to return to wearing traditional waist-cut jeans, or preferably loose dresses.

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