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A viral sensation that could be dangerous for your daugther

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A new trend among teens is leading to an obsession among many that is nearly impossible to achieve. It's called the "thigh gap".

 "It's if you were to stand up its the gap between your thighs and the goal and the pursuit of thigh gap is to ensure that your thighs do not touch," says Nancy Albus, the CEO of Castelwood Treatment Centers.

"Thigh gap is when someone's lost too much weight they can affect their overall growth and development from brain functioning to how their heart functions they may end up low blood pressure low heart rates low body temperatures they may lose their periods all together because nutritionally their bodies cannot support basic functioning," says Dr. Sharonda Taylor in adolescent medicine.

While some teens are posting pictures of their legs to fuel the trend, pediatricians and family doctors are asking parents to talk to their teens and make them aware of the risks, because a thigh gap takes a certain bone structure and most people don't have it.

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