The “Thigh Gap” Craze Are You Kidding Me!?!?

So I have been hearing more and more about this “Thigh Gap” craze. If you do not know what this is, it is when a girl’s upper thighs have an inch or two gap at the top. Apparently the craze was brought on by Victoria Secret Models. We actually do not watch a ton of television, so I didn’t even know what the most recent Victoria Secret Girls looked like except for the few pics on Facebook.

The topic itself was brought to my attention from a friend of mine whose teen daughter has been starving herself to get “The Gap”, she wanted advice on how to help her daughter stop this fad idea. The young lady actually told her mom that every girl in school is striving to have this body type. I was floored!!!! Not that these ladies aren’t beautiful, but they certainly are not what most would consider healthy.

Skinny does NOT mean healthy!!!! I am actually angry that Victoria Secret is promoting this body type. Almost every one of the models looks this way. It is sending the wrong message to young women everywhere. Women are suppose to have some body fat. We are meant to have curves. Obviously it is a matter of opinion, but I find a woman with curves much more attractive than a stick figure.

I personally thought that the anorexic runway models were a thing of the past. I hadn’t paid much attention since my teen years, but apparently they are still going with the super sickly skinny look.

How do we get these girls to realize this is not only unattractive, but it could potentially kill them? How do we get them to want to change to a healthier lifestyle?

You can see that everything about this young lady looks healthier. Her body, skin, hair, even her eyes! It amazes me how these girls don’t see what they are doing to themselves!

How do we get these young ladies to understand what a healthy body looks like? Do these girls not know what happens to a body when it is starved or not treated properly? As a parent I think it is important we know what to look for as well. Ovious one is weight loss, dehydration, dull and/or dry skin, brittle hair, depression, anxiety, irritability, anger, changing moods, psychotic episodes, withdrawing from friends and family, changes in personality, binge eating, and laziness (granted that is most teens ha ha ha). These are just the tip of the iceberg.

I think my biggest fear is as a mother myself, I worry that Zoe will fall into these nonsense ideas of what beautiful should be. We strive to boost her self esteem everyday and teach her how to lead a healthy lifestyle. It is easy now, because she is 2 1/2, but what happens when she is 16? Will she still believe us when we tell her she is gorgeous? Will she still ask to eat the healthy options and want to hit the gym?

She said she was doing Leg Curlys ha ha ha ha Love this girl!

With parents contacting me about topics like this, I think it is our responsibility to teach our children the right way to care for themselves. Maybe it is time to start shutting off the television. We get fit as a family. This is something I do not plan on changing. We strive to make time to spend together doing something active. We also make it a point to lift each other up every day. I think self esteem in men, women, and children is very important. I can only hope and pray that Zoe will continue to think highly of herself and disregard the opinions of others.

Hope you all have a Fabulously Fit Day!!!!!

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15 comments to “The “Thigh Gap” Craze Are You Kidding Me!?!?”

  1. Oh I have never wanted to be a “Diva” until I saw this post!
    You’re right it is our responsibility to teach our babies that their worth isn’t dependent on their thighs, or their weight or their physical beauty!
    We need to teach them “to never try to get from others what they can only get from God” a sense of worthiness, their validation need not come from a fashion magazine.

  2. It is so unattractive, and unhealthy. I read another blog post about it yesterday… I too, thought it was passe! Apparently not. Sad.

  3. Is it sad that I find those girls so unhealthy looking. I thought we had moved on as well. I don’t really pay attention to these kind of things and thankfull I teach urban city kids and my kids don’t really pay attention to that kind of stuff either (they like to freak me out with other things haha). I think ya’ll will have nothing to worry about with Zoe — she has you to look up to :)

  4. That’s so gross. I really wish they would start making the emaciated look a thing of literal history… it’s not cool to forcably make yourself look like a WW2 prisoner and completely disrespectful, in my opinion. I wish girls could see better role models and hopefully our children listen and watch us by example!

  5. This is something that breaks my heart especially as a mother with a 12 year old. I’m just finding out kids as young as 10 have eating disorders because of all the skinny people they look up to on TV. Even Disney is saturated with unhealthy looking girls. But this thigh gap craze is just stupid to me!

  6. So sad and stupid :( It’s something I’ve actually struggled with a bit in my teens/early 20s…not actually having an eating disorder, but beng disillusioned and dreaming of having that type of body, so I can see how it is soooo easy to get sucked into that mentality. I think we all just need to keep focusing and helping others to see that strong and healthy is way better for your heath (and in looks too) than just being “skinny” and having ribs and hip bones poke out. Zoe does have a great role model :)

  7. Some of those pics are just gross.

    I can totally get women who doesn’t like the muscular, strong look (even though I would LOVE to look like that); but to strive for a thigh gap? Ew.

    Like my youngest sister is 21 and she just started doing squats (bodyweight; following Blogilates), and has zero desire to lift weights, but she wants to reduce her body fat and be curvy; not stickly. Ugh. Ew. lol. :)

    Zoe has an amazing role model and there no doubt she will have the right message instilled!

  8. One of my readers mentioned that you wrote about this too today as did I… I did not have the heart to post the pics but I linked to the articles. Friggin scary!! I have heard this crap my whole life & at 55 now, we are going backwards again. So very very sad! All we can hoe is that moms teach their kids what healthy is by example… Thx for sharing!

  9. OK, I am a happily married, healthy male and I love physically fit women (my wife just asks that I don’t drool). Some of the women in the photos above are attractive, but my first thought when looking at most of them was, “Quick, someone throw them a hamburger!” The young woman in the first photo has a beautiful face, but come on, those implants weigh more than she does! Is it too much to ask for a little sense of proportion?

  10. This type of thing makes me want to cry and/or throw something! How many years of our lives do most women waste thinking about how we’re “supposed” to look based on these starved, anorexic-looking models whose images we see everywhere? I have a 13-year-old daughter who does advanced ballet and plays soccer. She is STRONG, can do 3 unassisted pullups, has great muscle tone, and she’s healthy. I know I’m her mom and I’m biased, but she’s healthy and beautiful. She thinks that she has humongous thighs. Her thighs are leanly muscular from dance, but she’s disturbed to see the way her muscles show and wants skinny thighs. Every girl in her ballet class has those type of lean and muscular legs, and I showed her that I have (though larger) those types of muscles too. I tell her it’s a sign of strength and that people pay a lot of money to work out with trainers to have legs like that. But in her mind, she’s “fat”. It makes me crazy!!!!! I’m always pointing out different women with all different body types who are healthy and I comment that they are beautiful. But sometimes I feel like I’m banging my head against the wall……

  11. These girls are not healthy. They are too skinny and should never be held up as visual role models for our girls.

  12. Great post. I have not heard about this recent craze but I have heard it mentioned in the past. I think it’s so important to tell (and show) our children that health and wellness matters so much more than body shape. Beauty is not limited by size or shape. Being healthy and strong is beautiful.

  13. My oldest looks like this. She is 7 and looks like those victoria secret angels with how thin she is. Not from lack of eatting (she can eat us out of house and home) That is why I am making her work out with me. She does planks and donkey kicks and all of that. I keep telling her that yes she is skinny and healthy (both height and weight are in the 25%)But if she wants to do all the things she says she dreams of doing, she needs to be fit. I have to say, I use to be the one who could slip my fist under my ribs. Then I got put on meds and things went sour. Now I am trying to lose the weight. I am teaching my kids all about healthy and from this post, I think someone needs to talk to the school about having a guest speaker for all the kids and have some “Sporty” and “pink” love represent the difference between healthy and fit and this fad. Show these girls that that is not healthy and all the bad effects it can have on the body.

  14. Hi! My body is naturally like that, and totally healthy. But so many people ask me how long I’ve starved myself for to achieve my body (which I haven’t done at all). I think it’s really an absurd notion! I really admire your drive to involve your child in being active and healthy, as my family was not like that at all. I’ve spent most of my high school years trying to eat enough to gain weight, and workout moderately just to maintain my body and maybe build some muscle, because the skeleton-with-skin look just isn’t flattering on anyone, not even those born that way. Keep up that good work!

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