Thigh Gap and Body Image

The thigh gap; I had never heard of it until the other day. It is the gap between your legs when you stand with your knees together. Apparently it is a must have for young girls today.

Girls share photos of their thigh gap. There are also blog posts providing instruction on what to and what not to work out in order to get a thigh gap.

It makes me sad that some girls are so obsessed with this part of their body. Boys probably don’t care if a girl has a thigh gap or not. The only usefulness in a thigh gap is avoiding chafing during a run, but lets face it body glide does a pretty good job of preventing chafing.

It doesn’t seem worth it to try and shape one part of the body.

I took some time for self-reflection, I wondered if I was a teen now if I would want a thigh gap. I admit when I was younger my workout inspiration was vanity not health. I did crunches to get a flat stomach. I did booty shaping exercises. But I don’t think I was obsessed. For me working out was sporadic. I worked out if I felt fat or thought I ate too much.

A healthy lifestyle didn’t mean much to me. I ate too much fast food, drank too many sodas, and consumed more calories than I needed. My fitness gauge was how well my jeans fit. Sports were my saving grace. I played all through school and beyond (still do). That was the constant in my life that kept me moving.

Over time I did learn the right things. And as a result, my lifestyle is much healthier. Now, my goal is to teach my daughter how to lead a healthy lifestyle and teach her to look at food as fuel. I don’t want her to view food as the enemy.

It concerns me that her peers may have a distorted image of what a healthy body looks like. Today it’s the thigh gap. Unless there is a cultural shift regarding beauty and health, girls will find another part of their body to obsess about and hate.


  1. I agree; you should definitely work out & eat well in order to be healthy, not to look a certain way, etc. It’s a little alarming to me that girls work to get this thigh gap – I think the thigh gap looks a little unhealthy, almost like you’re too skinny. We should strive for strong thighs, not thin ones.


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