Is the "Thigh Gap" a Worthy Goal?

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As the former chubbiest girl in the fifth grade, I have worked long and hard to get my body in shape, while always trying to remember that "fitness" is marathon, not a race. No one gets "fit" over night—it takes many concentrated hours of dedication. However, I have come to realize that no matter how hard I workout, doing lunges and squats for days on end, I will never achieve the coveted "thigh gap"—the visible space between the upper thighs when the feet are together.

One search of the social networking site Twitter, and you'll realize the "thigh gap" is something women, across all ages, obsess over. With images of super thin bikini-clad models and actresses all over the Internet, it's no wonder ultrathin thighs have become the ideal. But is this obsession healthy? 

Celebrity fitness trainer Ashley Borden says no. In our recent Google+ hangout on How to Get Sexy Legs for Summer, Borden points out, "The gap between the thighs—that has to do with your anatomy and the bone structure of your body." Basically, there are many women who are physically fit that have thighs that touch at the top and it's just due to their bone structure.

So if your thighs don't touch, and you follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly, don't worry about attaining a gap between your thighs. While some women seek the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon for liposuction of the area, it should all be about being comfortable with your body, not trying to attain someone else's.

7 Comments
  • Anonymous
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    no touch thighs are an achieveable goal. wight loss starts wtih the gut,,, probiotics and stuff..... as a man, NTT are not a mandatory prerequisite. but they are amazingly beautiful and i respect the hell out of any woman who cares enuff about herself. if she has NTT thats just one bonus. not the achillies heel. so my best advice to women is, 'respect your health, everything else will follow.." NTT is just one of many things that i find attractive.... its far more important to see a woman love herself than any minor piece of vanity... and stop smoking. thats huge.

  • Anonymous
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    no touch thighs are an achieveable goal. wight loss starts wtih the gut,,, probiotics and stuff..... as a man, NTT are not a mandatory prerequisite. but they are amazingly beautiful and i respect the hell out of any woman who cares enuff about herself. if she has NTT thats just one bonus. not the achillies heel. so my best advice to women is, 'respect your health, everything else will follow.." NTT is just one of many things that i find attractive.... its far more important to see a woman love herself than any minor piece of vanity... and stop smoking. thats huge.

  • Re: RebeccA
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    Not at all. Are we reading the same article? The expert clearly states that the thigh gap is a result of bone structure and NOT weight.

  • Makaila
    Posted on

    I hate the way women/girls are so obsessed with trying to get thigh gaps and I honestly feel like its just a silly little "trend" . I'm 16 years old and I swear my friend asked me "hey you should work with me to get a thigh gap" uh. No. I don't think thigh gaps are ugly but I'm not about to starve myself to get one ya know? I hate growing up in this day and age because no one is happy with who they are anymore. If you have a thigh gap great, if you don't, great.

  • Lee
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    I'm 5'4" and 97 lbs. I do not have a "thigh gap". In fact my thighs touch at the top. So is the "expert" saying I need to lose weight b/c my thighs touch?

  • Rebecca
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    I am 5'2" and muscular, and even at 95 lbs, I never had a thigh gap. I thinks it makes women looked bowlegged.

  • Melissa
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    Likening trying to get a thigh gap to attaining someone else's body is the same as telling someone trying to get a six pac is trying to get someone else's body. Nothing at all wrong with getting a thigh gap - especially since you don't have to go to crazy extremes to get one. You can lower your body fat (which is what the thigh gap ultimately boils down to) just as athletes, body builders and fitness models do. You don't have to do it as fast as they do I'd recommend googling the book "The thigh gap hack" for excellent ways to lose the stubborn lower body fat that is really the only thing standing between the aesthetic many people desire for themselves

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