Experts warn of dangerous obsession among US teens: thigh gap
WASHINGTON (AFP) - 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 with the handle foster-the-beatles.