Waist hot… Waste not

City First directs your attention towards the ‘waist’- a barometer of good health and also sexuality.

I doubt there is a soul among us who attended the wedding season and did not swing to the Mitron, Jackky Bhagnani and Kritika number – “Kamariya”. Well, there is hardly a body part over which songs have not been made and sung but the waist has been shown more in songs than showcased in lyrics. What is the waist? Scientifically, it’s the part of the abdomen between the rib cage and hips, the waist is the narrowest part of the torso.

The waist is also an indicator of good health. Body stores fat in that area and carrying weight around the midsection is actually related to higher mortality rates. Eat well and exercise regularly to have a waist that you can show off and more than that well-toned muscles will support your back too.

We all have waist measurements which are an absolute need to buy modern clothing and an increase is apt to bring an avalanche of tears. The Indian clothing with its petticoats and salwars leaves a lot of margin for a bit of increase. On the other hand, the Indian saree celebrates the waist like no other garment.

No romantic novel is complete without the hands spanning the waist moment and all women have oohed and aahed over the same, our own waist size notwithstanding.

A tiny waist has long been an indicator of feminine sex appeal and the corsets worn during the Victorian era were a reflection of the same, which were rightly discarded as women decided they were more than just tiny waists and cleavages.

And the bevy of beauties on this page are not just gorgeous to look at, they are also healthy if the narrow waist is anything to go by. By the way, don’t take belly dancers lightly as just to flaunt their sex appeal. Only a person with a supreme level of fitness can be a belly dancer, it needs an extreme amount of kinesthetic awareness, muscle control, spinal flexibility, and determination to get the steps right! And I remember reading somewhere that the ancient roots of the dance were to prepare women for childbirth.

-Anita Hada