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4/9/13 9:35 A

Bird legged would be the correct term. I just hope this "thigh gap" term doesn't become as famous as the "baby bump" term. If it does, I think I will vomit! LOL!

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4/9/13 9:31 A

Okay, so now a day or so later I have taken the time to notice in real life and on the internet that thigh gap isn't only on skinny/unhealthy women. I have seen several healthy weight females with this thigh gap (was at the local mall last night). I also talked to a few of my female colleagues their opinions reflected some of the same ones on here.

So my opinion now is this:
Skinny/unhealthy females are not physically attractive to me, healthy sized females (with or without the thigh gap) are attractive to me.

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4/9/13 9:19 A

Not sure when it became a 'thing' but hubby and I noticed it so much recently (although didn't actually know it was classified).

Yes, my thighs rub together (perhaps not quite as much as they used to).
Yes, it may be nice to have them not do so

However, there's no way I want to look like most of those pictures. Looks unhealthy to me

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4/9/13 5:01 A

I have never had it but always wanted to.
I never knew it was a THING, though emoticon

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4/8/13 11:21 P

Mind the Gap

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4/8/13 11:13 P

I don't particularly find the look of "thigh gaps" all that pleasing, but I have always found my thighs rubbing together to be an annoyance.

I've never been thin enough to know if a "thigh gap" is possible for me either and it's not a major goal, but less friction in that area is definitely a benefit of weight loss for me.

I'm big all over now, but when I was thinner, my thighs, hips and upper arms were always the places I tended to carry my weight, so I may never be fully rid of the chub rub, but I look forward to a reduction at least :)

Edited by: 200POUNDQUEST at: 4/8/2013 (23:14)

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4/8/13 6:14 P

I have that, and I really like it. My legs are not small it is the way I am built. When I am heavier,though, I lose it. You are right, I have no butt either!!!!

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4/8/13 4:26 P

Not into the "thigh gap", I much prefer more cushion :-) Gap often means skinny thighs and no butt.

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4/8/13 4:20 P

In a fit of exasperation because my jeans always wear out from rubbing thighs, I googled thigh gap and read quite a bit about it. I learned that many women who have thigh gap don't like it. I felt way better after reading it. And guess what? When watching the gymnastic Olympics, I noted an olympic athlete that had thighs touching and she won either the gold or silver metal! So I felt good about my thighs touching because it didn't necessarily mean that I was flabby or out of shape. It really has to do with genes, I think.
I don't really want a gap but I do hate how my shorts bunch up when I walk! And as many people mention, the sweat and resulting rash! I wear bike shorts under my skirts and also when I run. The rash will stop a workout in a hurry.

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4/8/13 3:59 P

That is one way I can always tell when I am really loosing. LOL I never knew it was a thing.

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4/8/13 3:58 P


Yeah I didnt realize it was "the thing" to have now but Ive always wished I had more of it. Thighs are the last place weight comes off me.

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4/8/13 3:55 P

Personally, I don't it looks good and I'm glad I don't have one LOL emoticon

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4/8/13 3:24 P

This is the first time I have seen this topic discussed! Yes, I have noticed that my legs rubbed together when I was heavy, and that there is somewhat of a "thigh gap" now that I'm not. I guess I thought it was just natural, not something specific that I sought, though I will admit it is more comfortable, less sweating, etc. in the summer. I never really put much thought into this before even though it was more comfortable and my legs look "a little" better. I say a little because my legs are my worst trait. I have cankles and no shape at all from the knee down. I think of myself as having very "fat legs" for the rest of me, but actually from the mid thigh up they are not fat, but practically go straight down from there. I can't believe I am talking about this!

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4/8/13 3:05 P

Women are not supposed to have huge gaps between their thighs. I mean yeah, there are women who have gaps because of their natural shape. But it's sad that women who don't have them are striving so much to have them.

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4/8/13 2:43 P

My concept of thigh gap is not nearly as far apart as some of those links. It's more about having toned leg muscles as opposed to fatty thighs that rub together. With well toned legs there is a natural (not huge) space between the upper thighs. Uber thin is not a good look, well toned is.

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4/8/13 2:22 P

Huh ??? A thigh gap just does not look right to me at all! I have seen thin ladies like that before and they look bird legged. I take the before pic KJ posted way before the other. There is something very odd to me to see such a huge gap there. Another big no for me is that, that is an area that is very precious, the upper thigh stuff when touched drives a women wild and men know that and love that, why oh why??? Thigh gaps remind me of two things, a lady that pole danced way too much, and flamingo legged ewwwwwww ewwwww ewwwww!

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4/8/13 2:18 P

My young niece mentioned this. It really is sad because she has such a fixation on her body short comings. My niece is a beautiful girl that is way to hard on herself.

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4/8/13 2:17 P

I've never been thin enough to know if my body type will allow for a thigh gap, but trust me, thi was ALWAYS a thing. I remember complaining to my mom about it in elementary school (I was fat starting in kindergarten). Not having a thigh gap isn't a cosmetic thing for me, it's all about comfort, I remember telling my mom I wanted liposuction on my inner thighs when I was about 11. And being soooo jealous of my friends who had a thigh gap. The only difference is that now people are sharing photos of it.

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4/8/13 1:15 P

I have thighs, it is where I carry a lot of my weight. So therefore I will never have a thigh gap. And I am OK with that.

Even when I was really small my thighs still rubbed together.

PS. Killer Joe, I just love Nigella.

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4/8/13 1:07 P

I could weigh 90 LBs and my thighs would still "hug" each other.

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4/8/13 1:02 P

I agree with NPIXIE.
I have also been on both sides. In my youth my gap was so prominent, most thought I had rickets. Now my thighs love each other to rash, literally. It exists and yes it is a sign of extremely slender and/or fit. I do not think I will ever be there again but I do not want them to continue to kiss as they are now.

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4/8/13 1:02 P

I did not know "thigh gap" was a "thing."

And now that I do? My position on it as "a thing" can be summed up neatly by this article.

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4/8/13 12:54 P

When has thigh gap not been a thing? Seriously?

When I was a kid, having thighs that rubbed together meant that you were either fat or out of shape.

When you are in prime shape, there is.

Before anyone asks, I've been both sides - unfortunately more than once.

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4/8/13 12:46 P

Yeah, at second glance it could be photoshopped.

I actually thought Thigh Gap existed.

Oh well, I like thick women anyway, always have.

(maybe more photo shopping here?)

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4/8/13 12:45 P

What some may not understand about a thigh gap is not just that you have one, but how large the gap is. I learned from my 14 year -old (yes, she was well aware of a thigh gap, as is all her friends) that every girl wants one. I think this is so's bordering on teaching our girls to be anorexic. Many of us will never have a thigh gap, and it's another unrealistic image we're trying to get our girls to fit into.

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4/8/13 12:39 P

Wow, is it just me, or in that pic provided by KJ, don't the legs on the right look better?!!

I... guess I'm not a "thigh gap" person.

Edit: Oh, photoshop. Thanks Renata, I actually hadn't noticed that upon my initial glance. Now that I look at it more, yeahhh what's with the weirdly-bent lower shin... and identical wrinkles-in-the-bedspread lollll... now that I know the pic is "fake" i can more comfortably say "ahhhh the legs on the left are terrible!!! looks like plastic-barbie-doll-legs!!!" (I didn't want to express my true feelings before, thinking they might actually *be* somebody's legs and therefore I would be offending someone by critiquing them).

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 4/8/2013 (12:43)

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4/8/13 11:18 A

Even when I was really thin in high school, my thighs always touched in one spot. With the short running shorts we had at the time I'd have to put vaseline on my legs before a run or I'd rub myself raw from the fabric and the sweat creating friction. It's just a fact of anatomy for some people. But it was funny reading the title of this post. It may not have been a "thing" in 1985 but I sure was envious of the girls whose legs did not curve in just there!

Edit: Also I have to laugh at that picture that was just linked. It's such an obvious photoshop! If the messed up anatomy wasn't enough, look at the covers on the bed ...

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 4/8/2013 (11:21)

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4/8/13 10:59 A

I am guess the pic on the left is the "after" pic.

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4/8/13 10:56 A

Even at a size 4 my thighs still have "padding" in the middle. So it goes. Thankfully my husband loves it! (wink, wink!)

We are who we are...and I'm SOOO glad I don't care about other people's "fads". I don't care about hair, makeup, high heels, thigh gap, or any other ridiculousness that sets women back 70 years!

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4/8/13 10:47 A

I think there has to be quite a link to genetics but personally, I love to walk alot and if my thighs rubbed all the time, they would be terribly irritated. I live in Florida, and it gets very, very hot in the summer.

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4/8/13 10:44 A

Thigh gap was never a goal of mine, but I have to say I'm much more comfortable now that my thighs don't rub together since I've lost weight.

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4/8/13 10:12 A

Mind the gap....

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4/8/13 10:03 A

It's certainly not a goal of mine, but I remember back in 2004 when I was a senior in high school, one of my particularly vain friend told me that her goal was to not have her thighs touch when she stood up. My sister was naturally thin, and didn't understand how thighs DID touch (I had to explain to her that when people gain weight, their thighs get bigger, and they will naturally took her a while, but after she gained a little weight herself, she finally got it).

I looked my friend squarely in the face and told her that was a stupid goal.
Many women literally starve themselves in order to achieve this "status symbol" (that is, the status of thin and beautiful).
I'm not going to be disappointed when I get to my goal weight and I don't have a thigh gap. Either way, my legs are already destroyed from years of weight and pressure. Having them touch or not isn't going to matter.

Edited by: STARDUST2K4 at: 4/8/2013 (10:03)

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4/8/13 7:46 A

I don't have a thigh gap but I VERY MUCH want one! I live in a very hot climate in summer and if my thighs didn't touch I would be so much more comfortable in skirts, sundresses, and swimsuits. As it is, if I am wearing a skirt, I have to run to the ladies room every 20 minutes to put on more baby powder. I HATE not having a thigh gap. Some day.........

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4/8/13 6:54 A

I believe it is a combination of genetics, body frame and working out. I have a gap between my calves and my thighs do not chaff together yet there is no friggin way I would have a thigh gap as I have muscular legs that aren't condusive to the gap. I see that thigh gap in long distance runners but they also have very lean bodies with smaller frames.

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4/8/13 6:32 A

LOL, I thought it was some kind of deformity from arthritis etc. LOL LOL LOL emoticon

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4/8/13 6:22 A

Big fan, Big fan, here of thigh gaps. That said people have been vain about all body parts; boobs, nose, chin, cheeks, forehead, feet, butt, upper back, thighs, etc.....

I have never heard a guy say a woman has to meet the standard of having a thigh gap but I have been with friends who point out thigh gaps when they see them.

No more ridiculous than a woman commenting about a guys butt............which is why I do BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUATS every week!

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4/8/13 6:08 A

never heard of it, don't know if I have a gap or not.

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4/7/13 11:56 P

I had never thought of that. I've always had a gap. Oh well?

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4/7/13 11:40 P

I saw that on one of those morning shows. With some women it could be genetics or how the bones in their legs are shaped.

Some women may go to extreme unhealthy measures to achieve this, I would have too. (Which is why I am not going to even attempt it) Even when I weighed 110 lbs, my thighs rubbed together.

It used to be called The Triple Diamond. A woman stands with her knees touching and she was "special" if you could fit three diamonds in that space.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 4/7/2013 (23:42)

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4/7/13 10:46 P

I love hearing your answers! Ethel, the "time gap" comment cracks me up. Berry4, I don't doubt that it is helpful for running, just like having a smaller bust or weighing less in general can lead to less discomfort for runners. However, my thighs touch when I stand with my feet together, yet I have run as much as 10 miles in shorts with no chafing issues. My thighs build muscle easily and are the last place on my body to lose fat. I do remember when I was much younger and closer to 190 pounds, they did chafe and also wore holes on the inseams of my jeans. Anyways, I hope I didn't come off as disrespectful or like I think thighs that don't touch are always a bad thing, and I do think it is natural and healthy on some women. It is more that I think the idea that all women should aspire to this is crazy and unhealthy. I agree with the poster below who said to aim for good health and fitness, and let your thighs do what they will.

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4/7/13 10:40 P

I've never had it either. See if it happens when I am at my desired weight.

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4/7/13 10:35 P

Very weird! I've always had a gap there. I never thought it was all that. I'm sorry there are so many women who think the thigh gap is so important. It's really not that big of a deal! The healthy look is in! Believe me when I say that!

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4/7/13 10:06 P

For those that run, "thigh gap" is a good thing! Having any part of the inner leg rubbing together repeatedly for any length of time is a great way to chafe and rub raw. Not a good idea!

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4/7/13 9:53 P

Just because something is on pinterest does not mean it's always smart, good, and reasonable. Perhaps those posters have way too much "time gap" on their hands.

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4/7/13 9:40 P

This is so funny as every time I lost weight in my life, the way I would notice it was what I called a space between my thighs. Now there is a name for it. Never thought about it in terms of body built, in fact never though much about it at all. Today it's Thigh Gap and next month it will be something else young women will think is cool. I think cool is being healthy physically and mentally.

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4/7/13 9:39 P

the minute you posted it. lol

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4/7/13 9:29 P

I didn't know thigh gap was a thing either, and I doubt I could ever have any. legs are the last place weight comes off it seems to me.

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4/7/13 9:21 P

I totally agree with you!

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4/7/13 9:14 P

Lately on my Pinterest page, tons of grown women have been posting pictures and workouts promising to create "Thigh Gap". I googled it and found images ranging from a few healthy looking women who are naturally built that way, to many images of skeletal looking legs with knees larger than thighs, to pictures of girls who appear to be standing bow-legged in an attempt to create this space. This whole thing just seems kind of insane to me and unattainable for many women due to genetics.
Don't even get me started on how ridiculous these workouts are. They all say something like "20 squats, 20 lunges, 50 second wall-sit, 20 leg-lifts" printed over a photo of some fitness model. I'm pretty sure if that's all it took there would be a lot more of us strutting around in mini skirts!

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