June 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM ET
Sound the Spanx alert! This morning, Kathie Lee and Hoda heralded the return of shapewear that looks "like something Hannibal Lecter would wear." Sorry, ladies: It's the girdle.
A new study found that average women's waistlines have grown six inches since the 1960s, which coincides nicely with a new trend in extreme undergarments. The New York Times reports that many women are opting for medical girdles over more invasive or intensive options, like lipo or kickboxing.
Kathie Lee and Hoda played with a medieval-looking undergarment this morning, prompting KLG to wonder about the "surprise factor" of a girdle.
"Eventually it's going to come off, and somebody's going to get the surprise of his life," she said. "Oozing."
Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor. She was hoping they'd bring back the McGriddle. Sad day.