Is it possible to shrink my ribcage?

My boyfriend said that he likes small girls so the smaller I am the better. And that when I gain weight, it doesn't look good.. because I don't have a small body (I have a bigger rib cage).

So what I'm asking is is there any way to shrink your rib cage?


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  • hey girl, what are you talking about, what are you dating a 12 yo boy? what the hell is that? this is completely unfair, listen, a guy that makes you feel unpretty is not worth your time or you thinking, if he doesn't "love" and lust for the way you look (not only if he is okay with it or not) then get rid of him immediately, you should have known that from the start, one doesn't need stress about the way they look and you need someone that appreciated you. When you grow up more you'll have a bigger breasts because of your body form and that's very sexy, you sound like a good girl and you know what love is, but the jerk you're dating isn't anything like you, he is too much into porn models probably or lame models (the sick body standards) like barbie dolls or very skinny disgusting ones, those are of no use for anything, not even sex, just to feed the hunger of those guys with twisted taste in women to stare at their bones covered with "burned" skin.

    say to him this is the way I am, you don't like it then go away. and there is nothing about gaining weight when you grow up, all women experience that and if it was moderate then it can make a woman more feminine and attractive for her age... and if he has set it clear and said to you we'll divorce when you gain more weight then why would you take the risk and get attached to him? you wanna suffer and deal with cheating and break up after couple of years?

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What Guys Said 3

  • Just because your boyfriend says he likes smaller girls doesn't mean you should change your body type for him. There is no proper way to shrink your ribcage. It's dangerous to even think of such a thing. You are your own person, and if your boyfriend can't accept that, then he should find someone else.

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  • Your bones actually respond to stress; they have osteoblasts (which add calcium to the bones), and osteoclasts (which take calcium away from bones). Through those two different kinds of cells your body is able to reshape your bones over time. You have muscles running up and down your ribs called external intercostals and internal intercostals that pull the rib cage in and out when you forcefully inhale/exhale, and it's a known fact that when people have breathing problems for long periods they get "barrel-chested" because of those muscles pulling the ribs out when they forcefully inhale. If you can get barrel-chested by using your external intercostals to forcefully inhale, then maybe you can shrink your ribcage by using your internal intercostals to forcefully enhale? ...you can try it, but it would take a while.

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    • You mean forcefully exhale?

    • I think that this would not work. The osteoblasts respond to stress on the bone by producing more bone. Stress from forceful inhalation and sress from forceful exhalation will both stimulate the bones to grow stronger. To reduce bone mass, you need to remove the stress from them for a long period, which in this case would mean stop breathing, or breathe very shallowly.

      There is no practical way to reduce your bone mass without very serious adverse health effects.

  • if he doesn't like you how you are then he doesn't deserve you simple as that...

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What Girls Said 7

  • you can have ribs removed, but you can't shrink your bones. why would you think about something so drastic just so that your boyfriend thinks you're more beautiful. just stop gaining weight, there's nothing else you can do. you shouldn't even have to worry about whether you'll get too fat for his taste, because if you do, then he's a piece of crap.

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    • You're right. I feel like the only time he tells me I'm pretty is when he's looking at my chest. I asked him what would happen if we got married and had kids, like what if I couldn't get rid of the weight. He told me there is such a thing as liposuction and if not, then divorce. I've never felt this unpretty!! We've just been together for so long!

    • He's a jerk, tell him to date a blow-up doll, that way he can inflate and deflate her as he pleases.

    • LOL. "...tell him to date a blow-up doll, that way he can inflate and deflate her as he pleases." Classic response!

  • You never should change yourself for somebody like that guy. What if you get smaller and petite and he likes that for a while than says you need a boob job because ..., you need a smaller nose or bigger eyes... What will you do? Run to the surgeon? You don't need to fit his standards, be happy with yourself and find a guy who will appreciate you for who you are.

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  • No, it is physically impossible to shrink your rib cage, sorry.

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    • Not true, though you'd probably have to search abroad for a plastic surgeon who will agree to do anything for you, and bone surgery is not something to be done for cosmetic reasons, ever.

  • No, but you can dump your boyfriend and get a better one. [=

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  • Unfortunately, most of these people are wrong! When you lose weight (as in fat, not muscle loss), it is extremely possible for your ribcage to naturally shrink anywhere from .5-even 4 inches, depending on how much fat you have to lose. The reason being that most people have subcutaneous fat, or layers of fat deep within the body, underneath the skin, and surrounding the organs. Once you get your body fat lowered, the ribcage could possibly get smaller.

    I agree with most people on here that say you shouldn't change much about your body for someone else unless it becomes a medical issue or you are both doing it together, it should only be for you!

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  • He should love you for the way you are. How long yall been together?

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    • On and off for 2 years....

  • no

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