02 Oct '13, 2am

The "thigh gap" sparks dangerous teen weight loss fad

The "thigh gap" sparks dangerous teen weight loss fad

WASHINGTON: It's the latest weight loss craze among American teens striving to emulate the models they see in magazines - the "thigh gap"- in which slender legs, when standing with feet together, do not touch. Experts say the cost of what teens see as an ideal body shape -- but really is for most unattainable -- is self-esteem problems that can lead to eating disorders, depression and even suicide. On Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook, "thigh gap" photos abound: close-ups of sometimes unbearably skinny legs published by young girls eager to show off their success -- or bemoan what they see as a failure to whittle away fat. "My thigh gap is huge," brags a Tumblr user while another user, cheers her fellow dieters on, saying: "Together we can lose weight. Together we can be skinny." "Together we can be a size zero with a beautiful thigh gap and flat stomach. Together we can be h...

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