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Why Are We Obsessed With Unhealthy Body Trends?

Posted January 16, 2014 by Kelsie Kam in Life After Five

I’ve heard about thigh gap for months. I’ve read comments on Facebook and Instagram where women marvel at the space between each other’s thighs. I never had a thigh gap and don’t think I ever will, simply because of how I am (and always have been) built. About a week ago, Internet users were introduced to a new body “trend” – the bikini bridge.  Like the thigh gap, it applauds a certain thinness that is not attainable by all women. It began as a joke, but some women were quick to jump online and share pictures of their bridge.

Even if we won’t admit it, some women are bothered by these trends because they know they don’t, and can’t, have it. There are also women who take these trends to an extreme and set a thigh gap or bikini bridge as their goal, even if it’s not physically possible unless they develop unhealthy habits.

I’m sure many Career Girls set New Year’s resolutions for themselves, and some of them probably have to do with fitness and healthy living. Even though we’re a couple of weeks into the New Year, it’s not too late to tweak your goals, especially if it means you’ll actually achieve them. In setting these goals, it is important that you strive for the right thing; rather than say, “I want a thigh gap or bikini bridge,” why not try limiting yourself to dessert once every other day, as opposed to every day? Or say you’ll take the stairs at work instead of the elevator? Or vow to eat green vegetables once a day, even though they aren’t your favorite? Or drink water instead of juice or soda? It is important to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) so that you are doing something within your means. If your goals are SMART, you’re more likely to accomplish them and feel more confident about how you achieved them.

Everyone’s body is different, and there are some women who are naturally thin and have always had a thigh gap, just as some women are curvier and probably won’t have a thigh gap.  How you feel and how your body feels are more important than how much space you have between your legs; if you’re healthy and take care of yourself, why should it matter? I would rather have muscular legs that touch and be able to run a marathon because that, to me, is something actually worth bragging about.

About the Author

Kelsie Kam

Kelsie Kam is a rising senior at the University of Notre Dame studying Management Entrepreneurship and Spanish. She is from Kaneohe, Hawaii and although she misses seeing the mountains and the ocean every day, she is looking forward to experiencing all Chicago has to offer. Kelsie loves Zumba, but she will try to run outdoors more often to see the city. She is excited to work with the CGN team and hopefully inspire more women to better themselves both in and out of the workplace.