Will leggings ever catch a break? Possibly the most misunderstood garment of our time, they are both unfairly maligned by their detractors, and incorrectly worn by well-meaning admirers. To add insult to injury, now some nebulously accredited “experts” are saying that leggings will make you fat, and not for the reason you think. Via that bastion of rigorous journalism The Daily Mail:

“Physiotherapist Sammy Margo said: ‘Leggings feel good and look great and I am as addicted to them as anyone, but there is a downside. They 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.'”

Um, excuse me? I don’t know about you, but if I felt like my leggings were causing my muscles to “switch off,” I might size up a little. Does Dr. Sammy have leggings confused with some sort of medical garment? How tightly does she think we are wearing them? Perhaps she’s been wearing hers a bit too tightly, and they’re cutting off the flow of oxygen to her brain.

And then there is this:

“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.’”

Do you hear that, ladies? Covering your lower half is bad! What’s a little frostbite in exchange for a nice, steady reminder that you are a failure at physical fitness? You might also want to avoid tights, pants and long dresses while you’re at it (see-through plastic pants are okay).

MSNBC has somewhat debunked the leggings-make-you-fat theory here, although I would like to add the caveat that they are excellent to wear when fatting around the house eating carbs and such, and that’s perfectly okay. The Daily Mail can pry my leggings from my cold, dead, poorly toned fingers.