Most women even those who are very thin do not have a thigh gap, says Angela Guarda, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program.
YouTube videos offer how-tos on achieving a thigh gap, and some self-proclaimed experts argue that there is a healthful way to achieve a thigh gap through exercise.
But eating disorder experts say that the quest is dangerous, noting that even many lean athletes do not have a thigh gap.
Whether a womans inner thighs touch depends on bone structure, shape of the pelvic girdle and how far apart the hip bones are, in addition to weight, Guarda
Most womens thighs touch somewhere from between their crotch and their knees, even at a healthful thin weight, she
The quest for a thigh gap could lead to a full-fledged eating disorder, Guarda
For example, she
says, an obsession with certain body areas can lead to body checking.
People who do this pinch themselves often, on the stomach, thighs or elsewhere, or they use their fingers to measure their arms, wrists or thighs, and check their appearance in mirrors compulsively.
Engaging in these bodychecking behaviours is likely to reinforce body dissatisfaction and negative body image, Guarda