Re "Thigh gap: What's behind a dangerous teen body image obsession" (sacbee.com, April 22): I am a 15-year-old girl, and I can definitely relate to this issue. I have seen many photos on Tumblr like the ones described in this article, and I hear girls talking about this subject constantly. We all know it is unhealthy to be as thin as models, but many girls still want to look like women such as Cara Delevingne.
While I agree that websites like Tumblr are a cause of girls' obsession with being thin, I think clothing brands and magazines have even more influence. Skinny models are in advertisements, so girls feel like they will only look good in the clothes if they are thin. Some brands only carry one size! Teen magazines often promote self-esteem in articles, but have pictures of tiny models on the next page. This issue is often overlooked, but I feel it is very important and deserves attention.
-- Maddy Toy, Mill Valley