Leggings: Are They Making You Fat?

05/02/2011 12:52 pm ET | Updated Jul 02, 2011

Today in studies we just printed out and framed: leggings can/ALMOST, PROBABLY DEFINITELY KIND OF WILL make you fat.

The Daily Mail spoke to physiotherapist Sammy Margo who explained that everyone's preferred stretchy pants "hold in and support the quadriceps (thigh muscles), buttocks and core muscles in your tummy, and do the job the muscles are supposed to do. As a result, the muscles are allowed to relax and switch off, so when we reveal our bodies for the first time as summer approaches, they are not as svelte or firm as they otherwise would be."

Margo added: "Leggings hide the bits of our bodies we don't like, such as the cellulite on our legs or our 'muffin top,' so we are able to ignore the problem and we are less motivated to exercise these parts."

This is science, people, science! The Mail goes on to name celebrity "advocates" of leggings, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and even Michelle Obama. I, too, must confess that I've worn leggings once. And afterward, I felt super-pudgy. But it's probably because I wore my leggings to have breakfast at Denny's.

What do you think?

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