Ab­so­lutely dan­ger­ous

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

WOMEN are be­ing warned the lat­est fit­ness ob­ses­sion for “ripped abs” could ac­tu­ally be un­healthy, with ex­perts wor­ried young women are push­ing them­selves to dan­ger­ous ex­tremes to achieve toned stom­achs.

Apps like In­sta­gram are fu­elling the rise of the “fe­male six pack”, with celebri­ties and “fit­spi­ra­tion” blog­gers post­ing pho­tons of their mus­cu­lar stom­achs with hash­tags like “ab goals” that are raking mil­lions of likes and shares.

The trend is also dom­i­nat­ing fash­ion run­ways.

Univer­sity of Syd­ney health sciences lec­turer Dr Rhonda Orr said while there were ben­e­fits to hav­ing a toned stom­ach, it was un­healthy to fo­cus on “just one body part”.

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