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The Thigh Gap, A New and Dangerous Craze Girls Are Trying To Fit In

thigh gapWhat is The Thigh Gap you ask? It’s the space or gap between your inner thighs when you stand with your legs and knees together. So what’s the big deal? Tween and teen girls are going to great lengths—even starving themselves to try to achieve The Thigh Gap—which is short of impossible. Um, that’s a big problem.

Relationships and body image are probably two of the biggest indicators girls use to assess their value and self-worth. It’s also how they compare themselves with each other. So, this new and horribly dangerous rage is not only virtually impossible to achieve unless you are genetically born with one or undergo the knife to get one but girls are using The Thigh Gap to compare themselves to these “natural thigh gap-ers.” Taking things a step further, they’re not only comparing themselves to girls who have The Thigh Gap but judging girls who don’t. Both scenarios leave teen girls with warped body images and send the message, “you don’t measure up—you’re not good enough.”

What’s worse, popular social media sites are tools used in promoting and encouraging The Thigh Gap. On Twitter you will see many, #Thighgap and instagram is flooded with pictures of girls showing their Thigh Gap. All these images of girls parading their thigh gap gives the false impression—anyone can have one. What they don’t realize is the handful they are seeing are posted from around the world! 

Relationships and body image are also two of the main weapons girl’s use against each other.  The Thigh Gap is another weapon of mass destruction to self-esteem and body image. The way a girl looks often determines how they are treated and this new trend puts huge pressure on girls to look a certain way or risk losing their social status. Those girls already picked on for falling short of the status quo, now have one more weapon to be used against them.

Girls, your value and self-worth go far beyond a gap between your legs!

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

~Proverbs 14:30

 

 

 

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4 comments on “The Thigh Gap, A New and Dangerous Craze Girls Are Trying To Fit In

  1. indecisivedamsel
    May 3, 2013

    well written. i agree, its not natural unless your born that way.

  2. indecisivedamsel
    May 3, 2013

    Reblogged this on indecisivedamsel and commented:
    change is needed for body image for young women.

  3. sangg
    May 7, 2013

    I don’t know about this post, it is possible to get a thigh gap without starving oneself. Also, this is NOT a new trend in the least bit; women and girls have been wanting thinner thighs and slimmer legs for ages because we have to deal with stubborn lower body fat that makes fat stick to these ‘problem’ areas.

    I’d recommend the blog/book “The Thigh Gap Hack” (google it) for other women/girls trying to get slimmer thighs in a healthy manner.

    • Thank you for recommending the blog book. I will definitely check it out! I was not aware of the thigh gap until it aired on Good Morning America. Although it has been around, it only recently became a focused trend for tween and teens.

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