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Is a Thigh Gap Healthy or Unhealthy?

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Will the barrage of articles condemning those who dare to want slimmer thighs or *gasp*, a ‘thigh gap’, ever cease?!

What intrigues me is that every.single.article makes it a point to tell women and girls that having a thigh gap is “unhealthy” and that only underweight or anorexic women have thigh gaps. Or that is is impossible to get a thigh gap in a healthy manner without wide hips!

Tell me something: Which one of these bodies looks unhealthy to you?

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ALL THIGH GAPS ARE NOT CREATED EQUALLY!

There is no one thigh gap size that fits all! A gap can vary in its size and every woman/girl who wants slimmer thighs has something different in mind when it comes to the gap! Furthermore, here is the definition for unhealthy as given by thefreedictionary.com:

UNHEALTHY

a. Being in a state of ill health; sick.
b. Characterized by or symptomatic of ill health: an unhealthy pallor.
c. Causing or conducive to poor health; unwholesome: an unhealthy diet.
2. Harmful to character or moral health; corruptive: unhealthy reading material.
3. Characterized by or symptomatic of disturbed mental health: took an unhealthy interest in violence and fires.
4. Of a risky nature; dangerous: an unhealthy predicament.
There is nothing inherently “unhealthy” about a thigh gap or even the process required to get one (at least as outlined in my book, “The Thigh Gap Hack”. 
Being in a state of ill health; sick.
I am in the best state of health of my life! Promoting regular exercise and a clean diet free of brain fogging sugars, simple carbs, unhealthy fats, etc. will do that to you. Everyone knows exercise and whole foods will put you in the exact opposite camp of ill health and sickness. However, I would venture a guess that 90% of the American population that does not exercise, binges regularly on fast food and tons of sugar, and then feeds on medicines and drugs aren’t feeling so great.
Harmful to character or moral health; corruptive: unhealthy reading material.
How is having a thigh gap harmful to character or moral health? The last time I checked having a lean body and little body fat had nothing to do with character or moral health. The vitriol that is spewed from the opponents of the thigh gap says a lot about the character of those bloggers/reporters. They are quick to drop F bombs all over the place and let it be known how disgusting they think “thigh gaps” are, as if anyone asked them! Never mind those people whose natural body shape dictates their thigh gap. Nope. According to them, anyone with a thigh gap is gross and unhealthy. I’d say their writings would definitely classify as “unhealthy reading material”
Characterized by or symptomatic of disturbed mental health:
Of course, there are some who take wanting a thigh gap to the extreme and those with mental health issues and body image issues. However, there are plenty of others who are into fitness and diet to achieve our body goals. And please know, just because you want slimmer thighs does not mean that there is anything wrong with you mentally. In fact, I’d say those who claim to love their big flabby (aka “strong”) thighs are the ones with the mental health issues; they’ve convinced themselves of something that simply is not true. Do you think if having slimmer thighs was a matter of snapping your fingers these women would still LOVE their HUGE legs? The fact of the matter is, the stubborn thigh fat is not as easy to lose as other areas of the body (hence the word stubborn) and it takes a mentally strong willed person to dedicate themselves to eradicating the fat to get the results they really want!

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  • Bunny

    You are ignorant, basically calling all those who DON’T have thigh gaps unhealthy. For you’re information, I am very healthy, but there is no gap in between. You also claim i have mental issues for loving my thighs. To be honest, the last time I had a thigh gap was 2nd grade, when the body had barely any fat on it for most people period. One thing you fail to mention is that thigh gaps are also due to bone structure. Those with narrow hips are less likely to have thigh gaps than those with wide hips. Now, to address the entire thigh gaps healthy/unhealthy argument, it’s not the gaps that are unhealthy, but the method in which some of these girls are going at it in order to achieve, such as starving, purging and over working the body. There is a line between healthy and unhealthy in the journey for the gap that you failed to mention.

    Genetics also plays a part. There are many girls who are naturally skinny and there are plenty of girls who are naturally fuller. You cannot tell a person that their genetic code build them wrong. I have my mother’s thighs, and naturally, they’ve always touched. My sister, on the other hand, does not, and she has much slimmer legs than I. That is because I inherited this trait from my mother. Does this make me unhealthy? No. It makes me the way I an supposed to me. And if you don’t like that, that’s you’re problem.

    Finally, it comes down to preference. There are a plethora of women, including myself, who are full and fierce and not being model thin, or have a gap, doesn’t bother us. I have never really liked the gap look myself. I prefer a full, HEALTHY figure. I won’t say women who aren’t my preference aren’t beautiful, but they aren’t MY ideal body shape.

    Even though I know this was in attempt to support those who have the gap, don’t do it by attacking those who don’t. It isn’t the universal sign of health (and contrary to popular belief, nor is a lean body). An able body is. So as long as one functions properly, the space between there legs, whether it exist or not, does not matter.

    P.S. None of this thigh gap bullshit started until Twiggy. Before, a fuller figure symbolized wealth and power. And there was Marilyn, who had her issues, but was still a huge sex symbol. Also, of those to pictures, both girls look healthy.

  • Bunny

    *your. I was typing fast.

  • Ana

    you don’t have the true thigh gap that they’re talking about , you just have slightly bowed legs . the model/anorexic thigh gap is when your knees are touching but your thighs are as stick skinny as your lower legs so they still don’t touch .

  • Alex

    I’m not the author but I’ll still reply to you.

    When my knees are touching I still have a thigh gap. And I can assure you my thighs are not as thin as my calves. They’re actually 20 centimeters bigger (and I don’t care if it isn’t a big difference for most people). That does not mean I’m anorexic. I’m not even interested in the model industry, either. I AM healthy. So people still have no right to accuse every single person with a thigh gap to be unhealthy, sick, anorexic, etc.

    Oh, and it’s funny, because I don’t have wide hips EITHER. This all means: someone healthy can still have what you call the “model/anorexic thigh gap”, even if they don’t have wide hips or thighs as small as their other legs’ parts.

  • Meri

    I have ‘naturally’ thight gap.. And guess what? When you have it naturally you Dont think about it. I didn’t realize that My friends talked about My legg until one day, one said:you have so Nice legs, and a beautiful thight gap’. Really? AS i said, i didn’t care about that i have a thight gap.

  • C.S. Paine

    Many of the claims you make here are valid. However, as you claim to understand that the thigh gap is a standardized symbol of anorexia and eating disorders, rather than just promoting the thigh gap and vilifying women who don’t have one as somehow opposed to women who do, you should promote positive body image and good health by accepting one’s body as it is. By defending the thigh gap in the manner that you are, stigmatizing women who claim to love their thighs that do not touch (you specify these people as people with ‘big, flabby thighs,’ but are you unaware of the subjectivity that comes with that? Women with distorted body images will certainly view their thighs, regardless of how skinny they actually are, as ‘big and flabby’), you are inadvertently promoting not necessarily an eating disorder but rather eating disorder behavior.

    The message of this post is negative in that you are taking care to criticize women without thigh gaps on the assumption that they are ALL vehemently opposed to your ideology. Yes, the assertion that ‘every women who has a thigh gap must be anorexic’ is false and offensive, and it is a good thing to defend people who aver such ludicrosity, but not every woman who doesn’t have a thigh gap promotes such dross. And also, why add something negative into this post like implying that women who have no thigh gap somehow do not have “willpower” or strength of character?

    Perhaps you think you do not explicitly say anything, but by your defensive tone you are derisive of women who do not have a thigh gap and do not aspire to attain one. There is not one mention of just loving your body the way it is, and in consideration of the alleged ‘minority’ of women who take the thigh gap to the extreme, how about you take care to add something like that in? Posts like this should be promoting positive body image in addition to good physical health rather than simply defending one side of the argument.

    • thighgaphack

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, but I have to strongly disagree with your assertion that I should spread the message of ‘loving one’s body the way it is”.

      I am actually staunchly against doing any such thing. Should I tell a 300 pound woman to love her body the way it is – embrace it – and never change?

      You are however right that this post takes the slant of defending one side of the argument, because there are so many people who simply bash women/girls with this aesthetic goal (thin shaming) that I felt it necessary to offer these women much needed support.

      Although, it is quite absorb that the message for becoming slimmer by dieting and exercise (even if it’s not to be strong but to look a certain way) should not be one bit as inflammatory as it is.

      • Bunny

        Why shouldn’t you promote self love? Because you don’t find people who a certain size are beautiful? What if they wanted to be that big/small because it’s what makes them happy? You decided that you wanted a thigh gap and that made you happy because you loved yourself more than before. Why is that not allowed for anyone else?

        Now, I understand you stance on the slant you took, but again, it’s not nice or fair. In a situation like this where there is a overwhelming amount of articles/posts bombarding you in every direction, telling you that you’re stupid and following an unhealthy trend, you gotta just be a bigger person. Hit them from another angle and not fire the same blows back.

        If it’s a post about exceeding and dieting to achieve DESIRED (keyword: desired) goals, then by all means, let it be. But don’t bash those who don’t want to partake in this.

        • Manny

          Sorry Bunny, but who are you kidding? Do you actually think a obese and fat person is happy to be that way? Please join the rest of us where we live – in the real world!
          I would think someone coming to a page called the thigh gap hack has the desired goal of a thigh gap. If you don’t want to partake in this, you know where the door is (it’s the little x sign)

      • Shannon

        Excuse me, but are you a doctor?! My friend is an eating disorder doctor and a good majority of her female clients have a disorder over their thigh gap obsession. Do you want her card? It sounds like you need it!!

        • thighgaphack

          What does that have to do with women who don’t have the mental illness of an eating disorder? You and your doctor friend should be smart enough to tell the difference between causation and correlation.

          The people who constantly come to this website to read up about thigh gaps but don’t claim to want one are telling. Who exactly has the obsession again?

  • Yes, THIGH GAP is UNHEALTHY for most of the girsl.
    I can’t believe it’s a TREND, (unfortunately it IS).
    If you have an *appropiate body-mass index* then, you shouldn´t have a thigh gap GIRL. Except for those girls who have always been thin, and it’s her kind of body.
    It´s better and healthier being toned, of course it is! And girls, you shoul’d ask a fashion girl whether having a thig gap is ok or not.
    It’s about your HEALTH, so go ask your questions to a specialist in Nutritional Medicine.

    I’m a medical student and I sincerelly think thigh gap is BULLSHIT, cause I’ve seen all kind of diseases, and seriously, thinking in having a thigh gap…can’t believe what society wants to make a trend.

    GO THINK.

    J-Lo, Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence, M. Monroe…BITCH PLEASE!