Does anybody else remember the collar bone coin challenge from 2015?
The premise of this “challenge” is balancing coins in the hollow of your collar bones and posting it on social media.
Why are we balancing coins on our collarbones?
Good question! The more coins you balance, the bigger your hollow must be. The bigger the hollow, the skinnier you are and the more attractive your collar bones are!
I remember reading about a few women who wanted to balance more coins and decided to take up dieting and exercise, when really, this is all bone structure.
No amount of dieting and exercise will change your bone structure, believe me, I’ve tried.
Thigh Gaps were pretty big in 2013.
The name is pretty self explanatory, but I’ll elaborate:
Their was a craze for having a three finger space between your thighs:
Unrealistic all over again, because it’s bone structure and you cannot change bone structure.
You want a thigh gap?
Push your hips back and put your rib cage forward.
Thigh gap. Now practice good posture.
What about the bikini bridge trend in 2014?
I’m not posting any provocative images, but you can search it up if you want.
The basis of this is having your hip bones skinny enough to create a “bridge” over your abdomen when you wear underwear or jeans.
It’s bone structure, you cannot help it. You can’t get here by dieting and exercising. If you want your hip bones to be more prominent, just practice good posture and push your hips forward.
Belly button challenge, anybody? From 2015?
This is obvious, but I’ll explain in case you’re confused:
You put your hands around your waist to reach your belly button. If you can do that, you have the perfect waist.
I don’t recommend trying it, because your arm hurts after.
I still can’t do it properly, and my waist is skinnier then hers. At least I think it is, that looks 26-ish and I’m 23 inches.
Why do I know all these? I was in third grade in 2013, from what I remember.
It’s because I actively tried to do all of these in 2016.
They strung me along, I had to do every challenge and win at it, I had to have the perfect body or the bullies would get me for that, too.
I had to be perfect.
These promote eating disorders. I ran around a lot, because I didn’t know what working out was. My diet was not healthy for a growing 12 year old:
Coffee, fruit, 4 bites of dinner and a snack in one day.
No wonder puberty didn’t hit quite right.
Internet challenges are always a combination of stupid, dangerous, and offensive.
Don’t do them.
Now we’re moving in the opposite direction, and we’re skinny shaming. We’re promoting obesity at this point and I do not like it one bit.
Why can’t we have a middle ground?
Where no one says anything about anybody’s body as long as they’re healthy?
Where healthy isn’t determined by muscles and a number on the scale, but life style choices, diet and physical exercise?
Why isn’t that a good idea?