Mind the [Thigh] Gap

By: Nikki Nies

Original Image by Bernard Goldbach via Flickr
Original Image by Bernard Goldbach via Flickr

I had heard about the countless thigh gap pictures on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, but it appears the thigh gap phenomenon has spilled over to other realms of the world, including real life.  Having a thigh gap has turned from a cultural aspiration to an obsession.  The thigh gap craze is exactly what it sounds like, a gap between one’s upper thighs when knees and legs are together.

The thigh gap obsession speaks volumes of this society’s definition of beauty and the lengths people are willing to go to achieve the gap.  More people don’t have a thigh gap than do and evolutionary dictation, the likelihood of one achieving a thigh gap healthily is slim.  When looking at pictures of thigh gaps, people forget that it’s not healthy to be that slim, photos are often altered and thigh gap is viewed as an “ideal” gap.

 The craze is so bad, there’s multiple sources of “how to” guides to achieve the ideal gap as well as pages dedicated to girls proudly showing off their gaps.  The attention to thigh gaps fuel the concept of distorted body image and can lead to an eating disorder.

So, what can be done?

  • Limit use of social media pages and/or sites that advertise thigh gaps as healthy
  • Embrace ALL womanly curves and sizes
  • Take a self esteem inventory: Write your strengths and weaknesses out
  • Set realistic expectations: It may help cease negative thinking and evaluate where you head is
  • Identify your accomplishments: Let go of perfection, it doesn’t exist
  • Get to know yourself: You might surprise yourself, open yourself up to new opportunities
  • Stop comparing yourself to others: I know, it’s easier said than done, but it’s got to happen for you to take control of your life; you should only compare the past YOU to the present YOU

I hope you don’t mind, but I like my thighs just the way they are.  I don’t need a guide on how to do that, do I?








  1. Great post Nikki – this whole obsession is yet another scary trend that young girls are obsessing over. Why must girls think they need to achieve bodily perfection? A few years ago in the UK Dove ran an awesome campaign embracing ‘real women with real curves’. Check it out, this will revive your faith, here’s hoping we see more of this in the future 🙂 http://realbeautysketches.dove.ca and http://mashable.com/2013/05/20/dove-ad-most-watche/


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