The Thigh Gap

thigh gap

How two inches of fat can ruin your life; and not in the way you think!

I hate to admit it, but the question of the thigh gap is trending.  Honestly, it’s a little bit pathetic to me.  But for the purpose of putting the issue to rest, I will tell you how two inches of fat can ruin your life, or save it.

If you aren’t already familiar with the thigh gap, it is basically the area closest to a women’s pelvis between the legs, and particularly on those of you who are petite, it is a gap between each leg, even when your knees are touching.  Let’s be honest: most of us are not that petite, nor that skinny.

Disclaimer: I am not bashing on women who are petite and skinny.  People are blessed with bodies of all shapes and sizes, and girls who have a thigh gap need no shame.  But what about those of us who don’t have the thigh gap?  Can two inches of fat, or lack of it, really make us happy?

The answer: it cannot, and most definitely should not.  If two inches of fat on each inner thigh can make you miserable, you have bigger problems than you think my friend.  As you can see from my own photos, I don’t have a thigh gap, and I don’t have a problem with that fact.

I will admit, sometimes a thigh gap would be nice.  On a hot summer day, during one of my typical three mile runs, I wish for nothing more than a little relief from my sweaty thighs rubbing against one another.  (The mental image of that may be somewhat disturbing, especially if you saw how sweaty I can get.)  Somehow, Lulu Lemon and Nike haven’t been able to make a pair of shorts that keep from riding up on my legs (or at least I haven’t found them yet).  But every other moment of my life, I don’t mind those two inches.

Is there a benefit to fat on the inner thigh?  Google that question and all you will find on page one is ways to get rid of it.  Video after video, article after article, of advice, tricks and techniques to rid our bodies of this burden.  But is it really a burden?  I think not.  Yes, work out.  Yes, focus your exercise on areas you’d like improved.  But under no circumstance should you bash yourself, or others, for not having “perfect” thighs.

My ten-month old niece has some rolls around her thighs.  Everyone that meets her comments on how adorable they are.  Really, they are what will give her the ability to walk, and eventually run.  But on me, are they adorable and sexy?  I’d say without hesitations, yes.  And other people are starting to think so too!  Women’s magazine highlights an article on anti-thigh gap jeans.  Singer Demi Lovato shares her selfie with Ryan Seacrest, where she says, “My body doesn’t naturally have that”.  Props to her, cause mine doesn’t either.

Obsessing over two inches of fat on your thighs is unhealthy.  Society may tell us that we should be unhappy with our bodies, which can be an infectious message in our minds.  I have struggled with body image my whole life.  But over time, I have realized that I can’t listen to what people think my body should look like.  We all have areas of our bodies that aren’t perfect.  The real goal is to be happy with your body, accept it, imperfections and all.  After all, healthy girls are hot girls.  And happy girls are hot girls.  Let’s be hot.