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‘Thigh gap’ an obsession among teen girls

Have you heard of a teen girl obsession over “thigh gap” — the space between the upper thighs when you stand with your feet together? I never had one, even when I was 12, and for most girls it’s not physically attainable regardless of how little they eat or how many calories they burn.

But that hasn’t stopped them from posting and sharing thousands of thigh gap photos on social media sites like Tumblr and Pinterest. There’s even a wikihow website with outrageous tips on getting a thigh gap, which includes stretches and recommendations to take birth control pills.

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