First of all, I only said it because just about every girl on Pinterest has one.
And I know that's totally a 'if they jump off a bridge would you?' mentality but after seeing so many pictures of classy, well dressed, seemingly put together women and noticing that 95% of them had thigh gaps, I felt like I needed one to be all of those things. I felt like all of my outfits would be so much cuter if only I had a couple inches of space to separate my legs.
^ This picture is me at my thinnest. Back when I ran everyday and was breaking track records for my high school. Even then I didn't have a thigh gap. Obviously this means that I don't have the body for it, and in order for me to have a thigh gap I would need to drop to an unhealthy weight for my body type...but even back when this picture was taken I was self conscious about my size! I didn't understand why I was active and still had thicker thighs than all of the girls on my team! It took me a long time to realize that hurdles require more muscle than the long distance runners.
My husband knows all about the insecurities that I have, but when I told my him that the other day (the only time I've ever said it out loud) even I realized how unhealthy it sounded. He told me flat out that if I had a thigh gap, I would be infinitely LESS attractive to him and the fact that I wanted one was a huge red flag. I had this epiphany where I realized it really WAS unhealthy to want something like that (also, thinspiration boards are the devil). If I'm not happy with my body now, I certainly wouldn't be happy with my body if I had a thigh gap. I might even be a little less happy because there would be no ice cream in my life, haha. But seriously, I am living life the wrong way if my happiness is influenced by how many inches I have between my thighs. I'm at a perfectly healthy weight right now and it's kind of scary how easy it was for me to be convinced otherwise.