'Ab Crack' is the new thigh gap and it's just as dangerous

 
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Goodhousekeeping- First, there was the thigh gap. Then there was the "bikini bridge." There have always been impossible body standards set in place for women, but the advent of actual names for indicators that one's body is good enough (aka thin enough) has turned body shaming into hashtags. And now there's one more: the #abcrack.

'Ab Crack' is the new thigh gap     and it's just as dangerous

According to Allure, the ab crack is a vertical line extending from the ribs down the torso, often seen on very thin models like Bella Hadid and Jasmine Tookes. Some believe it is an indicator that a person is in extremely good shape, but Nitin Jumar, M.D., a gastroenterologist that Allure consulted, says that even with a ton of exercise, there's no guarantee this little line will appear when you look down. It requires a "low body fat level, muscular abdominal muscles, and a dash of particular genes that you may or may not have hiding in your DNA," he says. So, it's really more of a genetic thing, just like people who can touch their tongue to their nose or lick their elbow.

The ab crack also perpetuates the myth that thin equals healthy, when this is simply untrue. There are plenty of folks who are naturally thin who eat poorly and don't workout, just as there are countless overweight people who have healthy diets and work out daily. Plus, those Instagram photos of celebrities, models and bloggers are often edited like crazy, making the ab crack even less feasible.

Here's the deal, friends: You have the body that you have, not somebody else's. If you want to alter it internally or externally by eating healthier or exercising more, that's totally up to you. But do it because you want to, not because a hashtag on Instagram tells you that you're not worthy unless you "prove" it with an arbitrary test. Remember: You have a bikini body regardless of your size or shape!

Fuente: www.goodhousekeeping.com
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