Bikini Bridge- Fitness Trend Or Hoax?

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - January 10, 2014

The Bikini Bridge fitness trend has been popping up everywhere and many people are buying into it. The Bikini Bridge is when “the bikini bottoms are suspended between the two hip bones, causing a space between the bikini and the lower abdomen.” While photos of people showing of their Bikini Bridges have been shared on social networks for several months now, the new fad may actually be a hoax instead of a fitness trend.

An image sharing board called 4chan is responsible for the fitness hoax. An anonymous user explained how the hoax would work, “Create propaganda parading the ‘bikini bridge’ to be the next big thing (pic related — that read “If you have time to complain, you have time to train,” or “Getting a smoother tan line from your bikini bridge”). Circulate it throughout the internet. Simultaneously, we create reverse propaganda, denouncing the bikini bridge as an unhealthy obsession. This, too, we circulate throughout the internet.”

The second part of the hoax was a little easier and much more cruel. The site and users targeted websites and social network pages that were designed to make overweight people feel bad about themselves. The photos were shared on these sites as well as fitness, health and motivational sites.

The users behind the hoax relied on the women who frequent these sites and pay close attention to body image to share the photos and spread them across the Internet. If you think this is a harmless hoax, think again. Psychologists warn that images and trends that display unachievable results can cause women to become depressed and develop body image problems and even eating disorders.

“Thanks to social media, it’s easy for something like this to become a trend so quickly and it’s just another example of the objectification of women and their bodies,” Louise Adams, a clinical psychologist who specializes in eating disorders and body image told The Sydney Morning Tribune. “Social media creates competitiveness between other women. We know this largely effects younger women and this is exactly who is using these sites. This is a generation who has grown up with social media and at the same time, eating disorder figures have doubled.”

What do you think of the Bikini Bridge?

Image via YouTube.

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Ellisha Rader ManneringEllisha is a writer, wife, and mommy to Cyrus and Milo. She enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, shopping, traveling with her family and teaching baton twirling. Follow her on Twitter @lishann

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  • I Think

    I think America has way too much time on their hand for the “Bikini Bridge” hoax.

    Personally I think both sides are wrong on this issue. We are a fat nation and we look nothing like we did when I was growing up in the 80s. It is not healthy or attractive to be so overweight.

    On the flip side, just because you are overweight that doesn’t mean you are worthless. How people are on the inside matters. I have been out with gorgeous women who were terrible people and believe me they get soooooo ugly. I have been out with chunky women and they were really great and they became more beautiful.

    So both sides are screwed on this. It is not okay to be fat as hell. It is not okay to be so critical of fat people. We should encourage people to be the best they can be and help them in that process.

  • baysurfer

    i think its attractive.with that said attraction is juspiece of the pie in dating and relationships although a very important piece still just a deny it isnt or shouldnt be is just lying to oneself and being irresponsible.we all choose exercieat and activity levels.we should treat those who dont choose to have an attractive build with same respect we give to those were AttraCted to. With that said the people who choose not to work at keeping nice body also should Respect people who do r attracted to others who work hard at thier body and that is thier right To. And they should not be criticized n called names like shallow just cuz they work hard on their body and perfer others that do the same. Just like they dont like being called fat n sloppy n things like that for their choices regarding diet n exercize