It's a cinch! Woman gets a
miniscule 16 inch waist by
sleeping in a corset for
THREE years (and she still
wants to get smaller)
Michele Kobke, 24, has a 16in waist but wants
a smaller one
Her tiny waist has already caused her however, doctors say that a waist bigger than
31.49in (80cm) could lead to serious problems,
including heart disease.
Recent figures show that nearly 57 per cent of
British women have waists bigger than the
healthy limit set by experts.
But tests reveal that Michele's tiny waist is also
causing problems, among them digestive
troubles as her stomach is forced out of its
According to Dr Rudiger Langer, specialist in
internal medicine, the corset has also resulted in
Michele having weaker lungs than is normal for
a woman her age.
'In time, it won't be possible to move without
the corset, or in the worst case, it won't be
possible to move in general,' he warns.
Although Kobke's tiny waist is guaranteed to
raise a few eyebrows, not least that of her
doctor, the German believes she has the perfect
breathing and digestive problems
Doctor warns that eventually, she may not be
able to stand unsupported
Her dream is a waist that measures 14in like
idol Cathie Jung
Jung currently holds the record for having the
world's smallest midriff.
For most of us, a slender waist is the product of
a careful diet and plenty of exercise. But not for
Michele Kobke, 24.
The Berliner has shrunk her waist from 25in
(64cm) to just 16in (40cm) by wearing a corset
every day for three years - even while sleeping.
And despite now having a waist smaller than
most catwalk models, the German slimmer says
she hopes to whittle her waist down to a
shocking 14inches (38cm).
In 2008, her waist was
25 inches, and now, it is ten
'It embraces me and gives me [a] pretty,
defined waist,' she revealed. It feels nice and
smooth. It's unique.'
But Michele's tiny waist could prove to have
serious consequences for her health, and
already, she struggles to stand up without her
corset, thanks to wasted muscles in her back
Her stomach is so constricted, she can't eat a
normal meal and instead eats up to 10 small
meals a day.
Not that she's concerned: 'My life hasn't
changed, just slowed down a little,' she reveals.
'Now my movement is more feminine.
'Right now I'm a little breathless, changing
corsets is like a high-performance sport for me'
Tiny though Kobke's waist is, the record for the
world's tiniest midriff is held by another -
American Cathie Jung, whose waist measures
just under 15in (38cm).
By comparison, the average British woman has a
waist that measures 33.43in (84.9cm) -
equivalent to a dress size 14.