BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- Women wanting to be thin is not a new concept. Add on social media, a new body image trend, and teenage girls, and health experts say there's the potential for very risky behavior.
"Trying to strive for something that unrealistic can start a child down a very dangerous path," explains Dr. Retta Evans with UAB's School Of Education.
Evan is talking about the "thigh gap." It refers to the space between the thighs when feet are together. Examples can easily be found all over popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
"It's kind of the newest craze for teens today," added Dr. Evans.
She says the danger lies in teens that see the thigh gap as a standard for being thin and then do what they think it takes to get slender thighs.
"That's going to lead down a path of exercising too much, extreme dieting," said Dr. Evans.