What if we told you that a new (and horrifying) trend is emerging out of China that's challenging girls to compare their bodies to a piece of paper?
Pretty ridiculous, right? Totally. But here's the issue: this viral trend is actually a thing and it's called the A4 waist challenge.
My girlfriend says the size of her waist is A4 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Aq5cHsVOtO
— 卞明轩 (@bianmingxuan) March 14, 2016
The frightening new social media fad, which originated in February from the Chinese site Weibo, sees young women measuring their waistlines against a standard piece of A4 paper and seeing if their body is smaller than the sheet (which is just 21 cm in width, FYI). And if it is "successful," women post a selfie onto Instagram or Twitter along with the hashtag #A4waist.
"I’m a size smaller than A4. I’m A5," one Weibo user boasted.
"Well I guess I deserve another scoop of ice cream after all," another wrote on Instagram along with an image of a piece of paper completely covering her bodice.
So what's the purpose of the challenge? To show how slim you are, according to People's Daily Online.
And with that, the criticism, mockery and stand against the challenged commenced all over the Internet:
This is my #a4waistchallenge This is so weird to even begin with.. Who said your waist has to be the same as a piece of paper?! That shit just CRAY... So please, to al the young girls, don't measure yourself with others and their stupid goals... Just be healthy and happy. Some people are skinny, some have more flesh, deal with it. Their are worse things dan having a little flesh around your tummy and bums.. Every girl thinks her Body is not good enough. Me to, but finally, at a age of 24, I can say I'm happy with my Body. I tried excercises, diets, but for what? I just love to eat and I won't stop eating awesome food! #girls #positive #body #girlpower
As if young women needed more pressure...