BALLWIN, Mo. (October 4, 2013)—Eating disorder experts are concerned about an Internet-driven trend that may encourage teenage girls and young women to pursue the elusive and potentially dangerous goal of becoming so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.
Specialists say achieving a so-called thigh gap is risky and virtually impossible, but some exceptionally thin models have a gap, which is upheld as a beauty achievement on countless websites, blogs and other social media.
Doctors and counselors worry that the trend is contributing to a growing number of teens and women in their 20s with disorders such as anorexia.
Dr. Vonda Wright, a Pittsburgh-based orthopedic surgeon and fitness expert, says the spacing between a person's legs is based mostly on genetics, and says even many thin people can't achieve a gap.