ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Maybe you haven't heard of it before, but the "thigh gap" is a teen body obsession with a scary presence on social media.
The thigh gap is when you stand with your feet together and there's a space between your thighs. This nearly impossible body image trend has a following on social media sites like Tumblr and Twitter.
Teens are posting pictures of their legs on these social media sites. There's even a Twitter account that someone made for a super models thigh gap. It has almost 3,000 followers.
The CEO of Castlewood Treatment Centers says the pursuit of the thigh gap could turn into an eating disorder. She says it's not a new issue but social media makes it difficult to shield any teen from the pressure of this nearly impossible body trend. She shared her reaction with us when she first saw the pictures teens were posting.
"It was shocking and very upsetting because I think for most of us, as parents, we have no idea of the sites that our children are going on." She went on to say, "Whether the young person is involved in the pursuit of this or not, having a conversation to talk about the pressures of being thin and achieving a certain ideal would be really important," said Nancy Albus, CEO of Castlewood Treatment Centers.
She says you can ask teens if they're influenced by social media, if they've been on sites in which they've seen these types of influences, and how secure within themselves do they feel?