CURVY WOMEN-THIGH GAP??? 5-5-14
How many mothers have heard of this new thing called Thigh Gap? I had never heard of it but I do remember it from when I grew up in the seventies. No one was doing a diet though that is for sure or exercise for it. I remember thinking all the thin, pretty, and popular girls seemed to have it.
Now however it has become a dangerous addictive thing young women are doing to themselves and it is disfiguring to them physically and mentally. So, when I look at it that way you know what being curvy most of my life wasn’t so bad after all. I was not a yo-yo type of person with my weight I was just plane old curvy. I danced most of my life and still I was heavy. I could never win in others eyes.
I remember my grandmother who was no taller than 4’9” maybe and thought we were all to big and was always putting us all on a diet. Never taking into consideration we were kids still having baby fat and all taller than her by a mile. And here she was slipping us water pills and laxatives. God rest her soul. I was peeing green and couldn’t figure it out and thought I was dying. It was the damn water pills, not funny people. Until I told my mom, no wonder I am crazy now, LOL.
I have to really watch how I talk about myself. I just never know when my daughter or granddaughter are around to hear me use disparaging words against myself about my clothes not fitting right, my hair, my body, my looks, whatever, etc…
I have to try to find a balance to keep my daughter active in dance for her own good in order to not allow her to put on too much weight like I did. Unfortunately she has her dad and I as her parents and we both carried and still carry extra weight. Dancing can at least help her maintain a healthy weight and still be fit. Right now she is injured and I worry she will not want to go back after PT and her big vacation to Australia in July. You know how it is when you were 13 and think you know what is best for you. That is where I have to be the mom and fight for her. I have told her she can hate me and I will send to counseling for it but once she gets the okay she is going back. She says yes now but we will see. I remember at this age is where I refused to go back to dance when I got made but I was in a single family household and I got away with it. New time, new sheriff, I know the end results that is when I started packing on the weight.
Now that I have lost a whole person in body weight I just know what that feels like and the after affects and I don’t want her to go through that. It was the strangest feeling this past spring break vacation when we were at the coast, girlfriends and I went shopping at the outlets and for the first time ever I was able to go into just about any store and fit into clothes. It was the most amazing yet weird feeling. My first gut feeling was to before I even walked in to think man nothing will fit and once I stepped in go, “Oh Yeah I can fit in XL.” Then, still go to the plus sizes and remember that I am not in the plus sizes anymore but that is where I still see myself. I will always be a CURVY GIRL!!!
Fashion has changed from when I was a girl and wanted to be in fashion and these are the outfits that I liked this week when looking for Curvy Women.
Also here is something for Parents to read on Thigh Gap from Wikipedia:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A thigh gap in women is a space between the inner thighs when standing upright with both knees touching. Some women aspire to have a thigh gap because they believe it will increase their attractiveness, with some considering it a sign of femininity and fragility. Some go as far as to say it symbolizes "the ideal body shape". Reportedly, some teenage girls have taken the view that the bigger the gap, the more beautiful the girl. According to The Times of India, however, few women have this shape naturallyand some have resorted to extreme dieting and even surgery in order to try to obtain it. Critics are concerned that young women may develop an eating disorder by trying to obtain a body shape that is unnatural for most women.
The idea of the "thigh gap" received widespread news coverage in December 2012 after the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which featured many models with thin and highly toned bodies and who appeared to have a thigh gap. As a result, hundreds of blogs, Twitter accounts and memes were created on the internet, and images of thigh gaps featured in "thinspiration" blogs and across social networking sites. A Twitter account, Cara's Thigh Gap, was started named after model Cara Delevingne who some felt exemplified the "thigh gap" body shape.
In 2013, author Camille Hugh published her book The Thigh Gap Hack: The Shortcut to Slimmer, Feminine Thighs Every Woman Secretly Desires and in June 2013 she was interviewed about the book on The Dr. Oz Show. The book was criticized by Lisa Delaney of Spryliving.com, who said "the bottom line is that the Thigh Gap Hack 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.".
A backlash quickly developed amongst those concerned about the potential negative consequences of the trend. Parenting experts and counselors formed anti-thigh gap movements including the Tumblr sites Touching Thighs and No Thigh Gap. The medical community and female-empowerment advocates have also commented critically on the subject and the U.S. National Eating Disorders Association launched a website to promote healthy body image and attitudes to food and weight.
Australian plus-size model Robyn Lawley has hit out at the thigh gap trend, denouncing it as "just another tool of manipulation that other people are trying to use to keep me from loving my body". Target Corporation apologized after Cassey Ho discovered that a photo of a model had a Photoshopped thigh gap for a girl's bathing suit ad.Old Navy came under attack by Internet bloggers after a photo of a mannequin wearing women's plus-size jeans on their website appeared to have a small thigh gap placed into the photo so that the jeans on the mannequin would look thinner than they would normally look on a woman. Old Navy subsequently stated on their website that they do not use any photo-altering techniques to deliberately alter how their products appear to fit.
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