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?
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?
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!!!!!