This behavior has caused widespread controversy on the Internet. Observers believe that this latest trend reflects Chinese women’s unhealthy obsession with thinness. Prior to this, similar challenges such as “touching the belly button backhand”, “putting coins in the clavicle”, “A4 waist” and so on had been witnessed on the Internet.
He Jinbo, a scholar who studies mental health and body image at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said that latest research has found that the more time adolescents spend on social media, the more likely they are to be dissatisfied with their figure.
Ke Han, a psychologist at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said that Chinese media tend to highlight “very thin girls”, and the public also prefers skinny female stars. “There is a popular saying that a good girl (weight) cannot exceed 100 catties”.
Earlier this month, a Chinese actress revealed on Weibo that she had to seek medical treatment because of her rib pain when she was wearing a waist skirt to attend the awards ceremony. She reflected, “Appearance is only a part of the persona. Instead of constantly complaining that I’m not thin enough, it’s better to spend time on studying, enriching my heart, and making myself more confident!” Many netizens expressed their support to her in their messages. “Many women have body anxiety, but health is more important,” said one netizen.