MIAMI (CBS4) – You can it see it when models walk down the runway. A visible gap between their thighs, or a thigh gap. Teens and women are becoming dangerously infatuated with acquiring the thin legs and wide thigh gaps.
Thin legs are the envy of young girls and women around the country, feeding their insecurities. More and more are going to dangerous lengths to create a thigh gap, or a visible space between your legs.
“People are working excessively at exercising in order to maybe change the way their body is or restricting what they eat,” said University of Miami body consultant, Tammy Sifre.
Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter are inundated with images praising models with thin legs and wide gaps. There are even more than 700,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter accounts dedicated to the thigh gap.
Sifre said it’s a toxic environment for teens and young women to be surrounded by.
“It’s sending the message the body is objectified,” Sifre said. “The body is something that needs to be changed, that needs to be fixed and it’s not good enough the way it is.”
But with plastic surgery that insecurity can be quickly fixed.
“You make a little incision and use rods that have a little hole in the middle and it sucks out the fat,” said Dr. Carlos Wolf from Miami Plastic Surgery.