Look, I realize some people see Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham as an icon, but does any grown-ass woman truly, consciously imitate her? Geeze, I sure as heck hope not. Nonetheless, women are coming down with what medical professionals tell Vogue UK has been coined "Poshitis." No, it doesn't entail attempting to subsist on alkaline undressed salads or birthing heirs to a famous footballer's throne. Instead, Poshitis is marked by carrying large, full handbags in a similar style to Beckham, i.e., in the crook of your elbow, and can lead to torn muscles or inflamed shoulder tendons. Wuh-oh!
Physiotherapist Sammy Margos told the Sunday Express of the matter, "Women may think that they are following a catwalk trend, but they are storing up trouble!" Dun dun DAAAAH.
She goes on to explain:
We have seen a huge increase in shoulder and neck problems and killer heels can add to the pressure on posture. We have seen handbags which weighed a huge one-and-a-half stone [21 pounds]. It can cause repetitive strain injury and pain in the shoulder and neck.
It may sound ridiculous to think that adult women are actually at risk because of Posh Spice, but in general, it's an issue worth discussing. We're constantly carrying more than we need to and holding our ridiculously heavy bags in a way that can take a toll on our bodies, putting at us at risk for pain and injuries galore. And duh -- sky-high stilettos don't help matters either. I can personally attest to the risks of that, having twisted my ankle almost two years ago and recently re-irritating it.
There's nothing stylish about hobbling around or going to physical therapy or, in the worst case scenario, needing cortisone shots or surgery. And that's something I'm sure even women who have no interest in Victoria Beckham could stand to bear in mind.
Be honest: Are you putting your body at risk of these sorts of injuries with a heavy bag and/or killer heels?
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