The Thigh Gap: the Women’s Obsession

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thigh gap is a space between the inner thighs of some people when standing upright with feet touching.

The idea of the thigh gap received widespread news coverage in December 2012 after the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which featured several models with thin thighs. Images of thigh gaps featured in “thinspiration” blogs and across social networking sites.

In 2013, author Camille Hugh published her book The Thigh Gap Hack, and in June 2013 she was interviewed about the book on The Dr. Oz Show. The book was criticized by Lisa Delaney of, who said the book “feeds girls’ and women’s obsessions with their bodies, promotes thinness at the expense of healthfulness (because of Hugh’s disdain of fitness, exercise, muscles, etc.), and promotes flaky, unproven methods for weight/fat loss.”

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