Stop sucking in your stomach all the time — it could be bad for your health

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The pervasiveness of this habit can largely be attributed to a common approach to fitness that’s overly focused on the abdominal muscles, as well as societal beauty standards that emphasize a flat stomach, said Julie Wiebe, a clinical assistant professor in the physical therapy department at the University of Michigan-Flint. Sucking in the stomach and keeping your abdominal muscles tense as you go about your day might seem innocuous, but Wiebe and other experts say the habit can have physical and mental consequences over time...

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