Emperor Ropi asked about why the waist reduction is important. For me initially, it was about getting my waist back down after having had so many children. It was up to 32" which is ten inches beyond where I was many years ago. This is not a good sign. As we age, numbers tend to go up naturally and go down or are maintained with hard work! I was 120 pounds when I married my husband ten years ago and have gotten up to 145 a few months ago. (Will I be at 170 in another ten years? I hope not!) I didn't look that big, but I didn't like it! I don't have time for yoga right now so I assessed what I'd spend on yoga classes and with less than half that amount of money I had a corset custom made at Romantasy. That is the corset that I am breaking in now. It won't be my last-- I like the back support!
I like having an hour glass figure-- while I don't dress to show it off any more because I am getting more into my beliefs, I still like to keep myself looking nice. I am happy with the results of this. It's not something that I go around telling people in real life about.
Some studies are suggesting that heart disease goes up with waist fat deposits. I found one study that was brief but amusing that suggested that women with narrow waists have higher IQ's! I don't put a lot of trust into these studies-- numbers can be manipulated by the smart men that these women marry! I also liked this study.
Many years ago women burned their bras and did away with girdles. I think that it was about having to wear them that women didn't like. If I want to go to the store in sweats, I can, but I like to dress nicely. My mom told me about the 60's when she did her housework in heels. I can't fathom it.