Teenage Girls Face Another Body Image Obsession

"Thigh gap" refers to the space in between one's thighs when standing with your feet together.
2:43 | 03/25/13

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Reporter: Run way models have it. Ultra thin strend certificates like kate moss have it. What is it? The latest obsession for a shocking number of teenage girls. What is a thigh gap? A thigh gap is you're standing straight up, your feet and knees are together, there's a gap in between your thooigs. Girls don't want their thighs to touch. Reporter: Another way for teen girls to scrutinize themselves. The movie "mean girls" explored it. Hi hips are huge. Oh, please, I hate my calves. Reporter: "Good morning america" sat down with four high school juniors to try to get signed the mind of teenage girls. What does it symbolize if you have a thigh gap? I guess it's the ideal body shape. Reporter: What kind of fashion pieces though it off? Tight jeans or leggings. Reporter: It follows teen home. Tumblr, facebook, and twitter are flooded with images of thigh gap. Confidence-crushing messages disguised as inspiration for staying thin. This thigh gap will get bigger. The popular wruns skinny legs. It's a site that makes you feel like you have to be part of that group. You have to be skinny. Have wavy hair. I see the pictures and think, wow, they look so good. Then I realize how unhealthy it is. Reporter: Tumble says it discourages blogs like this. They're setting themselves up for an unattainable goal. That's right. Reporter: And the motivation for extreme body images? Not what some might expect. It's a popularity thing? The popular girls are pretty, skinny, long hair opinion. Reporter: You to think boys look at a girl's thigh gap? No. They don't know what it is. Reporter: They don't know what it is, right? The boys don't know what it is. So why do girls care? It's a girl thing. Reporter: Is it a girl status thing? I would say so. Reporter: Status thing that leaves too many girls feeling like they don't measure up. For "good morning america," juju chang, abc news, new york.

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