Young women are becoming dangerously set on achieving the “thigh gap” – a visible gap between the thighs – idolized by the fashion industry.
Social media sites are flooded with fan groups and images dedicated to thin thighs. Incredibly, Facebook and Twitter accounts praising the thigh gap have 700,000+ followers.
University of Miami body consultant, Tammy Sifre, voices her concern, “It’s sending the message the body is objectified. The body is something that needs to be changed, that needs to be fixed and it’s not good enough the way it is.”
A Berkeley licensed clinical social worker Debra Milinsky of the Feminist Therapy Connection adds, “Girls are at a developmental stage where their bodies are changing, and when it comes to what they’re supposed to look like, they’re most likely to listen to their peers. That’s what the Internet is all about. Seeking community.”
To fight this troubling trend, experts recommend parents remind their young girls that pictures of models in the media are digitally altered and real women can’t look like that.
Also, in response to the growing online trend, an anti-thigh gap group has emerged. Tumblr pages like Touching Thighs and No Thigh Gap fight back.