Experts: “Thigh Gap” Focus May Drive Young Women To Eating Disorders

The Washington Post (6/30, Mascarelli) reports that a “disturbing ultra-thin-body trend pressures women and girls to achieve a gap between the thighs when they stand with their feet touching.” Now, experts are afraid that “the focus on thigh gap is driving a small number of women, especially teens, into behavior that could lead to eating disorders and other destructive habits.” The majority of “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.”

Related Links:

— “Fueled by social media, ‘thigh gap’ focus can lure young women to eating disorders,” Amanda Mascarelli, Washington Post, June 30, 2014.

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