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Thigh Gap: Dangerous new trend for women, teens

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There's a new body image obsession consuming women -- it's called thigh gap.

Many women of all ages, especially teens, are now trying to get their thighs dangerously thin -- now that it's almost bikini season.

The thigh gap is this new standard some women are trying to live up to in which your thighs don't touch at all when standing with your feet apart -- we're talking a 1 to 2 inch space!

Some women are naturally blessed with thin thighs, but it turns out that it's impossible for most to get the thigh gap.

The Victoria's Secret models show them off on the runway and celebrities flaunt their thigh gaps on magazine covers.

"It's not real," said Lori Price, who is recovering from anorexia and bulimia.

It's these images that have put pressure on women like Lori.  From college up until five years ago, her life revolved around an unattainable body image.

"I restricted calories immensely.  I lost a lot of weight," she said.  "I would work out twice a day, mornings and afternoons...starting purging."

On Twitter, you can find accounts dedicated to thin thighs and tweets such as, "Ugh..I was so much skinnier last year..you could see my hip bones and thigh gap #thestruggle."

Personal trainer Felicia Romero says clients have been asking for help getting the gap.

She says it's not even possible for many women because of the way their body is built.

"If you notice, a lot of the girls who do have that gap in between whether they be these tall runway models, their hips, their pelvis is set wider, so they're able to attain that a lot easier and quicker."

Romero says circuit training and cutting back on sugar get you bikini ready in eight weeks safely. 

Lori suggests learning to love your unique look.

"There's not one specific body shape or type that makes anybody better than anybody else and we're all just different and I just wish everybody could see the beauty in all women."

A new study by Dove says only four percent of women around the world describe themselves as beautiful.  And 72 percent of young girls say they feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful.

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