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Old 11-14-2013, 12:04 AM
 
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It seems like there is a ever shifting obsession among teen girls every couple of years about what body shape is "in." When I was in middle and high school the craze among us girls was just to be thin. The trend has shifted over the years on wanting to be big busted to not having a flat behind. Now it seems that the latest trend among some teen girls is much more specific and scary: the combination of a thigh gap (being able to stand straight up with your feet touching without having your inner thighs touch) in combination with protruding collar and hip bones. Where do these "beauty" trends originate and why do they shift so drastically every couple of years? To me you have to be very skinny and have small bone structure to accomplish this look and it just seems beyond unreasonable for most girls to think that they can remain healthy and achieve this "goal."
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:39 AM
 
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kids need better role models,,,

the greyhound thin-gaunt look i see on some of these runway models is disgusting,
they need to eat some cheeseburgers and ice cream, stop obsessing and starving themselves- its ridicilous.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:06 AM
 
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Collars bones are natural IMO. And you actually have to have a bigger frame (wider hips) to have a thigh gap. I used to have on in hs. Then I got older :/. I could still achieve it if I exercise and ate healthier.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:47 AM
 
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"heroin thin" looks scary to me. Anorexia is bad, a girl I went to h.s. with had that. It was a mental illness and very scary for her parents.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:33 AM
 
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I have protruding hip bones, but I carry belly fat in the front and up higher (weird, like a dude or something) but you don't really see my collar bones. Still, it all sounds gross to me, like why would you want to look like a bony skeleton? I don't know where these trends come from. Teens come up with some weird things. Who knows.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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The problem with these "trends" as they are entirely dependent on your bone structure. Narrow hips? Too bad, you aren't having a thigh gap. Do you store your weight on your hips? Well you aren't going to have visible hip bones. Are you an apple who stores weight in your upper body? Guess what, no visible collar bone for you!

I'd rather see people focus on things that are measurable and achievable. The problem with these appearance type goals, is that they may be an impossible target. There are far more realistic goals that are entirely in your control. Like your body fat percentage perhaps. Or making improvements in strength or endurance.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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In my opinion there isn't a thing wrong with a thigh gap. For too long,the emphasis was on nig boobs and no hips and butt.

Hips are natural. There is no need to be ashamed of big hips.

As for the collarbone,I'm obese but I can visibly see them.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:42 AM
 
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In my opinion there isn't a thing wrong with a thigh gap. For too long,the emphasis was on nig boobs and no hips and butt.

Hips are natural. There is no need to be ashamed of big hips.
But the thigh gap isn't really about having big hips, it's about being able to see daylight between your thighs when you're standing with your legs together.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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But the thigh gap isn't really about having big hips, it's about being able to see daylight between your thighs when you're standing with your legs together.
I have wide hips and never had a thigh gap, even when I was clinically underweight.

I think that a big part of why it can become dangerous is that some girls/women CANNOT have these attributes and they'll try to starve themselves to get them.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:59 PM
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It seems like there is a ever shifting obsession among teen girls every couple of years about what body shape is "in." When I was in middle and high school the craze among us girls was just to be thin. The trend has shifted over the years on wanting to be big busted to not having a flat behind. Now it seems that the latest trend among some teen girls is much more specific and scary: the combination of a thigh gap (being able to stand straight up with your feet touching without having your inner thighs touch) in combination with protruding collar and hip bones. Where do these "beauty" trends originate and why do they shift so drastically every couple of years? To me you have to be very skinny and have small bone structure to accomplish this look and it just seems beyond unreasonable for most girls to think that they can remain healthy and achieve this "goal."

You have to be pretty darn fat not to see your collar bones. Thats normal, not unnatural.
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