For years, celebrities have touted the miraculous effect that wearing Spanx can have on the way your body looks. But now, it looks like the shapewear trend is appealing to a different crowd: teenage girls!

These days, girls as young as 13 apparently consider Spankies--basically the teenage version of Spanx that comes in bright colors or patterns--everyday wear! "You get the training bra and then you get the Spanx," one girl told Good Morning America.  To which I can't help but react: um EXCUSE me?

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I consider myself pretty open-minded and have always encouraged my own family members or other parents to pick and choose their battles when it comes to their teens…but this is one thing that I definitely do not condone! I know that the adolescent years are tough on everyone, but girls that young should NOT be so preoccupied with their figures that they want to go out and buy Spanx, let alone wear it all the time. I mean, when I was 13, clothes were either cute or they weren't. I never thought, "Man, this shirt would be so much better if I had something to painfully constrict my stomach underneath!"  

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Though I know times have changed, the whole trend still surprises and saddens me. Besides the physical side effects (all that squeezing cannot be healthy), it can have a serious impact on mental health. Young girls should just not be feeling so much pressure to look a certain way (in other words, skinny) or be a certain size (sample size). And I don't think parents should be indulging these thoughts by allowing their kids to wear products designed to "normalize" their bodies, especially if they are on the young side of teenagedom. I would never do that if I had kids!

There are about a million different, great ways to help girls feel better about themselves...but I definitely don't think allowing them to wear Spanx is one of them.

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Would you let your teenage daughter wear Spanx? Tell us in the comments below!


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theha...

I don't have a daughter, but if I did I would let her wear Spanx. I wore the equivalent when I was younger and I was never uncomfortable.  I do not wear them now because I don't like Spanx at all.  I think they are a waste of money.  They are basically like wearing normal nylon panties unless you buy them a lot of sizes smaller.  They are also made for people with no buttocks.  They are simply the most uncomfortable underwear that I have evern bought, and not on the sense that they compress anything.  I have wear a lot of better brands and still like them.  Here it is too hot to wear anything that is not cotton, but as soon as the winter and better temperatures come I am back on good support underwear, not cheap stuff like spanx.

JJYan...

Talk about a loaded question.  I'm not sure, I remember girls in high school wearing girdles -the equivalent to spanx in my day.  I thought it was weird to see girls my age wearing them but they said it was to give them a leaner figure in my mind though I thought "estas loca si luces bien" but to each his own right?  

As far as Spanx go though I don't buy them for myself they seem a bit pricey and constricting too.  So maybe I'd have my daughter stick to learning to love herself.

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