BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.
Specialists say achieving a so-called thigh gap is risky and virtually impossible. But some exceptionally thin models have a gap, which is upheld as a beauty achievement on countless websites, blogs and other social media.
Doctors and counselors worry that the trend is contributing to a growing number of teens and 20-somethings with disorders such as anorexia.
Doctor Vonda Wright is a Pittsburgh-based orthopedic surgeon and fitness expert. She says the spacing between a person's legs is based mostly on genetics. And even many thin people can't achieve a gap.
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 150,000 people have visited a state website to learn if they qualify for Medicaid or to buy health insurance on a new online marketplace.
The marketplaces are a key part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, which were launched Tuesday.
Kelly Sullivan is a spokeswoman for Illinois' site, Get Covered Illinois.
She said as of Friday, about 12,000 people have submitted applications for Medicaid after completing an online screening tool.
But glitches continue on the federal site where Illinoisans may comparison shop for insurance. The government has said it's working to address the problems.
Sullivan says the state is working on educating residents about the health care law and will step up advertising once the federal site can handle increased demand.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Symphony is offering free tickets this weekend to furloughed federal workers.
The symphony said Friday that the gesture seeks to show support to those directly affected by the federal government shutdown.
The shows on Saturday and Sunday feature the works of American composers George Gershwin and John Adams.
Each federal employee can obtain two tickets, which must be picked up in person at the Powell Hall Box Office. A valid federal ID is required.