FORGET about trying to achieve a "thigh gap" because your DNA has the final say.
This is the message CQUniversity Exercise and Sports Sciences academic Associate Professor Peter Reaburn (pictured) wants women to hear, in particular those who are obsessed with achieving a visible gap between their thighs.
He said women should be happy with a body shape achievable through regular exercise and healthy eating.
"Physical attributes are greatly determined by DNA," he said.
Associate Professor Reaburn was commenting on international model Robyn Lawley's recent warning about a trend leading some women to become obsessed with striving for a thigh gap.
"Our society, and in particular magazines aimed at women and teenage girls, seems to be obsessed with physical appearance and what is physical perfection," he said.
"It's no wonder young and middle-aged women are going to great lengths to achieve what they believe is the ideal body.
"However, while you can choose your lifestyle, you can't choose your parents. Your genes are primarily responsible for your bone structure, your frame size, the parts of your body where you will tend to store extra fat, and your metabolic rate.
"These physical attributes are greatly determined by your DNA.
"So forget about the thigh gap … eat well, exercise regularly and be happy with your own healthy body that mum and dad gave you."
What is a thigh gap?
It is the latest trend among women wanting their bodies to conform to impossible standards
A thigh gap is a gap some women have when they stand with knees together
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