to those of you who's thighs don't rub together ...

(242 Posts)
2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 09:47:42

... please tell me what size you are and what your thigh circumference is (at it's biggest part).

I am a size 14 but still my thighs rub together and in this heat it's a total pain (literally). How much further do I need to slim down to stop this?! Always been chunky of thigh but surely it's not impossible for me? Currently at 26cm blush each! what should I be aiming for? 25? 24? 22? 21?

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 09:48:39

26cm! FFS 25 inches grin

Mintyy Mon 08-Jul-13 09:50:38

My dd is 12 years old, 5ft 5" tall and weighs 7 and a half stone and is a size 6. She does not have a gap between her thighs because she has a narrow pelvis. I think it is an unrealistic target for the vast majority of women because we are just not built that way.

RoooneyMara Mon 08-Jul-13 09:50:42

Interesting qu.

<goes to get tape measure>

I would like to know too. I'm a size 12, chunky of thigh too. Past 2 days hace been so painful! Think I'll have to resort to leggings & just boil.


FriedSprout Mon 08-Jul-13 09:51:52

Hi, my thighs also very chunky. Have lost weight recently and the largest part of thigh is now 24"
They don't now rub together - for which I am very grateful. Hope that helps.
A 5'3" if that makes any difference.

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 09:55:16

your dd is still growing though Mintyy and I suspect that if she is already 5ft 5" at 12 her pelvis will widen a little - she's still got lots of growing to do. Lucky girl she will be long of leg and gloriously slim by the sounds of it.

mumblechum1 Mon 08-Jul-13 09:55:43

Size 10-12. Just measured my thighs with a bit of paper and a ruler grin and they're apparently 21 inches circumference.

Aetae Mon 08-Jul-13 09:55:47

I think it also depends on your hip width and how your legs / hips are shaped. My thighs have never rubbed together, I'm not sure what circumference they are but I'm pear shaped so they're not skinny. I'm 5'5 and I weighed 61kg (size 8) before I got pregnant (but was up at 65kg and a size 12 before I lost weight a few years ago and still no rubbing). My thighs have always been muscly from gymnastics when I was a kid, I think that helps too.

3MonthMaid Mon 08-Jul-13 09:56:01

I am not much over a size 10 at the moment, have been a 14 in the past. My thighs have always rubbed together ��

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 09:56:52

thanks FriedSprout I wonder if height does make a difference - I am tall-ish, 5ft 8

I expect muscle tone will make a difference too?

NotAnotherPackedLunch Mon 08-Jul-13 09:57:44

Despite having chunky thighs, mine stopped rubbing together when I got down to a 14 or so. Now I'm a 12 there are no problems.
In support of Minty's theory of pelvis width, I do quite a wide pelvis.

mumblechum1 Mon 08-Jul-13 09:58:39

Mine are a lot better since I started dancing 3 times a week. I have now bought and am wearing (in the garden at least grin) a pair of size 10 very short shorts from H&M and feel gooooood!

peasandlove Mon 08-Jul-13 09:59:09

I'm 6ft, size 10/12, my thighs are about 23inches around.. they have never rubbed but i've always been slim. I believe it's to do with hip width too as my friend's always have and she is very narrow through the hips

VelvetStrider Mon 08-Jul-13 09:59:09

22 inches. Size 10ish (varies from shop to shop)

As a teenager I was very embarrassed that I had a gap between my thighs and wished my legs were closer together, but I guess it must be uncomfortable in hot weather with constant chafing.

FidgetPie Mon 08-Jul-13 09:59:28

Mine do rub and I have found a product called glide (also used in sport to avoid chaffing) which reduces the friction meaning I can wear skirts now!

Tangfasticlady Mon 08-Jul-13 10:00:00

I'm 5ft and 7st.
My thighs are 18 inches and don't rub, but think it's definitely more to do with your body shape too.

Lizzylou Mon 08-Jul-13 10:00:20

5ft 9"
Size 14

No idea of thigh circumference but not small! My outer thighs are my issue though. I do do a lot of exercise, running and spinning in particular are very good for thighs.
If I can shift this next 1/2stone my thighs get much smaller.

landofsoapandglory Mon 08-Jul-13 10:01:20

Size 10 and my thighs are just over 20 inches.

SorrelForbes Mon 08-Jul-13 10:01:37

Size 10/12. Thigh circumference of 23.5". My thighs rub together.

Pascha Mon 08-Jul-13 10:01:39

21.5 inches at their widest point. I'm a 10-12 too.

THERhubarb Mon 08-Jul-13 10:02:23

I have narrow hips, always have and mine don't rub together. Don't know what circumference they are or how much I weigh. I'm about 5ft 7. I'm a straight up and down shape, no real curves at all.

I do a lot of walking though. 4 miles a day taking ds to school and back and I've ever been a big eater. I hate cakes and chocolate.

Keztrel Mon 08-Jul-13 10:03:07

Shape of thighs, muscle tone and width of pelvis are all factors. My thighs don't rub when I walk but there's no gap between them, unless I bend forward. I'm a size 8 and thighs are 22in at biggest part.

Size 8 and 21" (nearly 5ft 7) I think the size of your hips would play a part too. I have 'child-bearing' hips according to my ex so my thighs would be further apart I would think.

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 08-Jul-13 10:03:58

I thought you look better if there isn't a gap as well? Or am I missing something. I agree it's a body shape thing. I've got wide hips and a very obvious pear shape.

I'm size 8/10 in topshop skinnies, and BMI of 20. Not sure what my thighs measurements are.

mignonette Mon 08-Jul-13 10:04:24

It has nothing to do with weight, more as other posters have said, your pelvis shape.

Try rubbing oil on the leg to reduce friction and maybe buying boy shorts with a lower leg length if that doesn't help.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 08-Jul-13 10:06:11

>I expect muscle tone will make a difference too?

yes. I've no idea what my thigh measurement is, but they're fairly thunderous and a lot of shorts are too narrow. And even ones which apparently fit tend to do that nasty thing where they ride up between the legs as the thighs rub.

But... this weekend I was in shorts both days, and they didn't ride up! I might have lost a couple of pounds but the main difference is I've been doing the 30 day shred - it really works the thighs. I'm not even half way through it but it seems to be making a real difference!

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 08-Jul-13 10:06:24

Actually I'm definitely a 10 in topshop skinnies now. At my lowest I was a size 8 and I bet my BMI was about 19 then. Not a good look at all! (Not sure if it's because of the lack of sleep post baby or because I was too skinny though)!

lljkk Mon 08-Jul-13 10:07:52

Mine touch a bit and always have unless I was like a stone thinner which means bony rib cage & no tits on me... I'm a size 8-10 in trousers (almost 5'8" tall). Thighs at fattest are 56.5 cm (22.2").
I wear lycra shorts under skirts, btw, don't like thighs rubbing!

I'm size 10 and they're 22inches. They rub.

Honsandrevels Mon 08-Jul-13 10:08:31

Just measured mine with a b&q metal tape measure. They're 19 inches. I was about 2 stone heavier as a teenager and I remember they were 24 inches and did rub together.

herethereandeverywhere Mon 08-Jul-13 10:09:16

I'm a 12 on my bottom half, 10 on top. Heaviest I've ever been ATM (except post-preg) at 9st 4oz but I'm only 5'3".

I have REALLY fat saddlebaggy thighs. 23" circ. per thigh (my waist is only 26") BUT although they touch (and always have, even when I was 1.5st lighter) they don't chaff or hurt. Maybe it's because I don't sweat much?

ouryve Mon 08-Jul-13 10:09:23

I even had thigh rub when I was 7 stone and size 10 (1980s size 10). Some of us are just that shape!

GrimmaTheNome Mon 08-Jul-13 10:09:56

I've just measured - 25". I'm 5'1" but quite wide-hipped, size 10-12 but can't wear anything tight legged....yet!

VanitasVanitatum Mon 08-Jul-13 10:15:06

Size 8 and 20 inches. There is a gap between them at the top but I think it looks a bit weird tbh.

Trills Mon 08-Jul-13 10:15:36

My thighs do meet in the middle but I don't feel as if they rub together or chafe or do anything unpleasant - they feel as if they were meant to be like this.

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 10:16:20

interesting! I didn't really think about pelvis/hip width/body shape before. I have fairly wide hips and do have a big chunk of fat that I can grab so I think mine is more to do with being still a little bit overweight and flabby. I was slimmer in my youth (2 stone lighter) and although I still had "big" thighs in proportion to my body I don't remember having the thigh rubbage in summer problem (no issues in winter!) but of course back then I never measured my thighs and I was also a lot lot fitter. I can't see me ever losing as much as 2 stone now at my age (mid 40s)

<trots off to look for boy shorts>

GertrudeMorel Mon 08-Jul-13 10:21:16

21 inches. They don't rub.

5' 8

ShowOfHands Mon 08-Jul-13 10:25:07

I'm a size 8, about 8 stones 3lbs and am 5ft 3 or 5ft 4 depending on who is measuring. Widest part of my thigh measures 17". I have a good 2 inch gap.

Whoknowswhocares Mon 08-Jul-13 10:25:23

Size 8/10. 22 inches. I've been bigger and smaller and they always have and always will rub as my hips are quite narrow
It has nothing to do with body fat or weight, just body shape.

VodIsGod Mon 08-Jul-13 10:25:35

I've slimmed down recently and I'm a 10/12 now but still my thighs rub together. I spray deodorant on them and that seems to stop it. I use the Femfresh deodorant because of where my thighs rub - didn't want to be spraying in my fanjo area with regular deodorant grin

badguider Mon 08-Jul-13 10:26:04

Mine rubbed a little bit in very hot weather when I was a small size 10. Sorry that's not the news you wanted to hear sad

My legs are relatively short and back then you could see the shapes of the different muscles so it wasn't fat - and my hips are not that wide.

I am now a pregnant 12-14 and they rub all the time so the weight has definitely made it worse, but as I said at a small size 10 (prob. really 8-10) they would still rub by the end of a day's sightseeing in a hot country in a dress.

Chivetalking Mon 08-Jul-13 10:29:15

5' 7" and thighs are just under 20in.

No rubbing.

Shodan Mon 08-Jul-13 10:29:41

Mine have always rubbed, no matter what weight I am. Currently they're 23.5 inches, size 12-14.

I have saddlebag (or what I used to call jodhpur) thighs though. I use roll-on deodorant to stop the chafing.

ScrambledSmegs Mon 08-Jul-13 10:33:37

Size 10, 22.5 inches at widest part. Wide hips. They don't rub usually although have a little this year as I'm a bit bigger than normal (had DC2 recently, been eating too much and haven't been exercising enough).

Maybe I just have a very ungainly walk?!

Branleuse Mon 08-Jul-13 10:33:54

im a size 14 atm and my thighs are 24in circ. They don't rub together, but i have quite a childbearing pelvis on me

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 10:37:17

thanks for the tip about roll-on deodrant, why didn't I think of that?

from the few of you here who have given your height my not very scientific poll concludes that for my height 22 inches or less seems to be a chaff free zone, as I said I do have wide hips and have had thighs that glide rather than rub and stick before so I will aim for that.

TweenageAngst Mon 08-Jul-13 10:37:48

My thighs have never rubbed together, even when I weighed 12 stone. It is body shape.

eurozammo Mon 08-Jul-13 10:41:01

My thighs have always rubbed. I'm 5'6 and a size 10. However, I am narrow hipped and my legs are quite short for my height (I'm all body) so there is quite a lot of muscle (and a bit of chub of course) packed into a fairly small space.

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 10:41:03

how tall are you TweenageAngst?

SofaCanary Mon 08-Jul-13 10:41:24

37" hips
21" upper thigh

Mrsrobertduvall Mon 08-Jul-13 10:47:07

Mine are 20 ins...I'm 6 feet, size 12 bottom, weigh 11 stone.
No rubbing.

TheRealFellatio Mon 08-Jul-13 10:48:32

Are you all using this? It really is brilliant. I live in a very hot and humid climate and I wouldn't be without it.

I am hefty of thigh, even when I'm having a slim phase. But my DH is very slim and he still has this problem. We don't leave home without our trusty tube of anti-chafe gel. God, that makes me feel about 100, saying that. hmm

JennySense Mon 08-Jul-13 11:00:42

I think this is a physiological issue rather than a weight one.
I've never had this problem despite being at one time nearly 9 stone overweight!
I have a small pelvis and am 5'3".

SummerMyArse Mon 08-Jul-13 11:04:12

My thighs have always rubbed.
Even when I was a teenager, size 8 and a competitive swimmer.

Someone in my family is quite large and would get very sore thighs in the summer. She found some sort of large knickers/light cotton short type things which went under skirts and couldn't be seen. She was a lot more comfortable after that.

Think she found them in m&s.

i always wear longer shorts (half way down thigh) which look better than hotpants and mean I don't rub. Gap does good length shorts.

Bluecarrot Mon 08-Jul-13 11:04:43

I don't know but I wear cotton rich cycling shorts under dresses and skirts to stop rubbing.

I've heard there's a gel by lanacane that will stop/ reduce it too. Haven't seen it in shops though.

DoctorAnge Mon 08-Jul-13 11:06:08

size 10 and 20 inches

BIWI Mon 08-Jul-13 11:10:20

I'm size 10, 5 ft 2in and weigh around 9 stone 4 or at least I did before I went on holiday, thigh = 22.5 inches. They don't rub together. However, they did when I was size 14 and weighed 11 stone 5lbs!

I bought some bloomer-type knickers from M&S which were brilliant.

RandomFriend Mon 08-Jul-13 11:17:14

My thighs have always rubbed together, even when I was size 10.

Wish they didn't.

notso Mon 08-Jul-13 11:19:46

When I was a slender teen I could always tell if I'd put a bit of weight on when my thighs touched.
I used to do squats and this other exercise where you lean against the wall with your knees bent as if you are sat on a chair and arms stretched out. I used to stay like that for as long as I could then repeat.

JazzDalek Mon 08-Jul-13 11:39:03

Have just measured over my trousers and mine are about 21.5". I'm 5'6" and 10-12 on my bottom half.

I have never noticed any rubbing. Pear-shaped with wideish hips thank God as massive babies run in family

RoooneyMara Mon 08-Jul-13 12:59:16

Ok well I'm back and having measured the widest bit they're about 19".

I'm normally a 10, am a bit post pregnancy at the moment. 5ft 7, 9 stone and a bit.

7 months pregnant, gone up to a size 18 in the few non-maternity clothes I can still squeeze into, 6' tall, and fairly certain I'm the heaviest here by a long way! I have previously had awful chafing in hot weather. I'm still walking just as much, but for some reason my thighs aren't rubbing. So you all just need to get pregnant! grin

I have never thought of measuring my thigh!

It's an odd subject, for many women naturally store fat or have a distinct amount of curve in this area. And again, some don't. No big deal. But I think there's this weird trend for gaps and thinness right now, and so many women are thinking they don't measure up, if you'll pardon the pun!

Mine are 20 inches at widest part. I am 5"4 and size 8-10. This is actually a bit lower than my crotch area, so there's this tiny little gap above it. It is not the gap you see in popular imagery, so I guess my hips are fairly narrow (34 inches).

I also think we get super conscious of this area of our bodies due to current fashion trends 0 super skinny, form fitting clothes. It draws our attention to these parts whether we like it or not, and I NEVER used to feel conscious of my things prior to the skinny pants trend. Now I notice them all the time, ans always wonder if they are proportionate, too wide, etc. It is sad sad

Thing is though, I actually kind of like the fatter curve of a woman's thing area. I have a fairly flat and boyish body apart from my the contrast is nice to be honest. It's like our culture wants me to hate them, but I don't think I can.

Not sure if they rub together, but possibly not - as I would be sure, I suppose. I didn't think weight had much to do with this, but I'm not entirely sure..

womans thigh area.

miffybun73 Mon 08-Jul-13 13:09:32

I'm a size 10, 5ft 2 in and 8.5 stone. My thighs rub together and get sore in the heat - a bit of baby powder on my thighs helps.

RoooneyMara Mon 08-Jul-13 13:12:59

Right that's wrong. Or this one is wrong. I don't know. Different tape measure, says they are about 22.

They don't rub though whatever.

Do we measure standing up or sitting down?

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 13:13:33

I don't care about having a thigh gap and although my thighs are chunky they are still quite shapely rather than just solid all the way down and they look ok in jeans etc as I have an hour glass body shape - I just don't want chaffing and rubbing in the hot weather when I'm wearing a skirt/dress!!!

My thighs have always rubbed together no matter how big or small I've been/am. I do know I have a very narrow pelvis if that makes any difference ?(narrow enough not to be able to give birth naturally!)

TiredMule Mon 08-Jul-13 13:17:00

I'm a 10-12, 5'8" and they don't rub. Just measured them as 21.5". I do have wide hips though so that keeps them apart! They need to be less thunderous.....I'm working on that!

TiredMule Mon 08-Jul-13 13:18:06

blush Whoops think I've got " and ' confused!!

Lancelottie Mon 08-Jul-13 13:18:24

Have just improvised with two sheets of A4 (luckily no one is looking). I'd say they're 23".

5 ft 3, size 10-12 but wide pelvis.

Chopstheduck Mon 08-Jul-13 13:18:43

not read the whole thread, but I am very pear shaped naturally. I started c 2 5k 6 months ago, and now run 3-4 times a week. My legs are the thinnest they have ever been, and I still have (small) boobs! My body has actually evened out a bit, and my thighs don't run. Might be worth a try?

KatoPotato Mon 08-Jul-13 13:24:40

Size 10/12 and 21.5.

Last year I was almost 5 stone heavier so really enjoying not being a chaffed mess!

KatoPotato Mon 08-Jul-13 13:25:32

ps I used my mouse cable at work and a filofax ruler!

What is a 'shapely' thigh though?
Like what does this actually look like to the naked eye?

I really need to know this grin

KatoPotato Mon 08-Jul-13 13:41:44

A shapely thigh has a lovely line up the side, showing muscle definition? I've leg-pressed 75kgs for mine!

Size 10-12
5ft 5
19 inches

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 13:46:08

lol dunno toasted but it's my way of describing my thighs which are more than ample, SHE-RA!

Branleuse Mon 08-Jul-13 13:50:32

im 5ft6 btw

Passthecake30 Mon 08-Jul-13 13:55:53

22", size 12, 6 ft. Huge gap between my thighs lol. They used to rub together when I was a chunkier adolescent...size 16?

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 08-Jul-13 13:56:01

size 14, 11st1, huuuuge thunder thighs, but have never had rubbing/chafing. there is a gap between them most of the way down due to massively wide hips though, so i reckon it's more about shape than size.

Redlocks30 Mon 08-Jul-13 13:57:08

5 foot 3 and a 12. My thighs measure 21 inches and don't rub together.

ChuffMuffin Mon 08-Jul-13 14:04:15

5"10, size 10 on top 12 on bottom. I only have a 32" inside leg considering my height! Widest point of my thighs is 22.5". I used to be 14 stone and my legs would chafe like crazy. I'm now 10 stone 10, I do lots of exercise and walking and they seem to be getting a lot better, but they're never going to be super toned and slim. It's just how I am. My mum has the opposite problem legs like toothpicks but all her weight goes to her stomach.

WileyRoadRunner Mon 08-Jul-13 14:24:00

Eek am 5ft2 to 3 size 8 and my thighs are 20.5" at their widest and do touch. I have always hated my thighs and knees though.

Lancelottie Mon 08-Jul-13 14:31:24

I'm imaging office-equipment-based contortions up and down the land, now, 2much. What have you started??

itsonlysubterfuge Mon 08-Jul-13 14:35:22

I have always had this problem as a child. I just use something like this to wear under my skirts in hot weather, which is my personal preference. However, I know others who use baby powder/talc and say that helps.

bigTillyMint Mon 08-Jul-13 14:37:39

I am a size 12 and 5'8" and just over 10st and mine do not rub together, but I don't really have a gap between my legs. I have to be about 9st before I have a gap between my legs!

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 14:42:47

@Lancelottie where there's a will there's a way grin

Ruralninja Mon 08-Jul-13 14:55:00

another vote for granny talc in the War on Chafe

bakingaddict Mon 08-Jul-13 14:57:13

I'm a size 18 and don't getting chafing thighs but I've still got quite slim shapely legs so maybe I've got narrowish hips for my size. I am an apple shape and have the requisite large tum that makes me look like a darts player instead.

ShoutyCrackers Mon 08-Jul-13 15:00:58

Hmm, I'm 5 ft 4, size 10 and weigh about 9.5 stone and my thighs are fine. They're about 20cms I think.

LittleTyga Mon 08-Jul-13 15:09:04

Anti-perspirant - under your arms and on your thighs - you will never chaff again!

Skinheadmermaid Mon 08-Jul-13 15:17:01

I'm a size 10 and thighs still rub together! Its just my shape. I don't have a tape measure handy at the moment but my measurements are 34-26-41(!) if that helps you at all.

snoworneahva Mon 08-Jul-13 15:24:48

Size 10, thighs 21.5inchs and they rub - it's thigh shape!

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 15:35:43

ahhh what a lovely motely crew we are, am especially loving your darts player comparison baking and you shouty methinks you mean inches no? otherwise please have some biscuit wink

is it possible to lose 4 or even 5 inches from one's thigh circumference?

So does shapely mean a thigh that gets wider at the top? Like both on the inside and outer edge? (please say yes!).

I mean, even Alexa Chung's thighs widen at the top. She very very very rarely wears clothes that show this though. I have a bit of Chung thing going on, but much shorter. My legs and arms are really pin like until the very top, when shit starts to happen!

bigTillyMint Mon 08-Jul-13 16:42:24

OMG I win the prize for the biggest thighs. Mine seem to be 23"shocksad

bigTillyMint Mon 08-Jul-13 16:45:29

Phew, just read the thread a little more closely and there seem to be a few of us with "muscular" thighs! This is why skinnies never fit me.

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 16:56:15

Ahem not so BigTilly I think you'll find I have the biggest thighs here coming in at a whopping 26 inches.

Toasted yes slimmer at the knee than at the top rather than say, in my case, 26 inches all the way down

TheRealFellatio Mon 08-Jul-13 16:56:35

I refuse to even measure mine. Admittedly I am on holiday and do not have a tape measure handy but if I did, I probably wouldn't tell you. grin

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 17:03:36

no excuse Fellatio others have improvised with office equipment I suggest you get some straws and a beach ball and take it from there

KatoPotato Mon 08-Jul-13 17:07:05

hahaha 2much yes, there must be a string of party lanterns you can use?

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:08:06

i am a 10 - 12 on the bottom half - fattest bit of ( admittedly slim ) legs is..

22 inches

no rubbing

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:09:06

meausred with a DIY ruler


EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:09:39

think there is some interesting measuring going on here - size 16 with 29 inches!!

teh BIGGEST bit guys?

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:10:22

sorry " size 16 with 19 inch thighs?"

You must fall over

Size 12, thighs measure just under 20" at the widest part. They don't rub together, but I think I have a fairly wide pelvis.

eurozammo Mon 08-Jul-13 17:51:49

OK, I've just measured:

size 10-12 atm

They have always rubbed, even when I was underweight according to BMI.

Morebiscuitsplease Mon 08-Jul-13 18:03:05

Ok, am chafing and other than my linen trousers please... Using sudocrem at the moment. sad

chickydoo Mon 08-Jul-13 18:04:12

8 stone 6lbs
18.7 around thigh.
I work in the fitness industry, thighs look muscled but lean ish...actually they look a bit odd TBH.

I'm 5 6.

Size 12 ish but with comparatively slim legs

20 inches at widest part

No rubbing, but even when I was a lot heavier and/or pregnant I have never had this problem. It's a body shape thing as others have said

SuperiorCat Mon 08-Jul-13 18:08:04

Agree it is to do with body shape - as a teen with a BMI of 19 mine rubbed - dsis is nearly 6' and size 8 - no body fat anywhere apart from on her thighs - they rub.

9yo DD who dances 3+ times a week and has ribs on show and no body fat has hefty thighs too that rub.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 08-Jul-13 18:22:44

i have now measured - size 14, 5'9, 11st1, thighs 24 inches
thunderous but no chafing

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Mon 08-Jul-13 18:28:58

I am not measuring my thighs but have always had this problem - even when a size ten.


I do have a solution.

I've been using roll on anti perspirant on my thighs. No chafing all summer. Mitchums 48 hour stuff.

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 18:35:14

I blame the parents grin

fear not though thigh rubbers this heat can't last for long!

NotAnotherPackedLunch Mon 08-Jul-13 20:06:06

Maybe it is also to do with our gait.
I'm not going to be able to stop watching myself in shop windows to see if I am avoiding chafing by inadvertently walking like John Wayne. blush

robobear Mon 08-Jul-13 20:12:37

22" with no rubbing and a size 10, but I do have a massive (what i always thought was my arse but may be my hips?) which probably helps

BellaVita Mon 08-Jul-13 20:14:17

I am 5ft and 8st 7lb, my thigh measures 21". They do not rub together.

gaggiagirl Mon 08-Jul-13 20:17:43

Size 10 20 inches they don't rub but I do walk like a fella.

IWillOnlyEatBeans Mon 08-Jul-13 20:20:12

My thighs don't touch at all - 19 inches at their widest part (right at the top). I am 5ft 5 and size 8-10.

DoctorRobert Mon 08-Jul-13 21:17:50

5' 3", size 10, thigh is 21 inches. They don't rub together

Beaverfeaver Mon 08-Jul-13 21:58:08

5ft4 with size 12 legs, always rubbed.
Talc is my friend, but it doesn't last

LizzyDay Mon 08-Jul-13 23:10:10

Maybe we should do an apple / pear poll of thigh rubbingness.

I am a pear - thigh rub - TICK

LizzyDay Mon 08-Jul-13 23:11:15

And btw apple / pear status is genetic and nothing to do with lardiness / laziness.

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 23:14:14

good idea LizzyDay I am hourglass so that would mean I am pear? I'm definitely not apple

pear here - it's a thigh rub YES from me

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 08-Jul-13 23:15:31

I am a 14 but mine don't rub together. I have extremely narrow pelvis too! So narrow that after my emergency c section, the consultant said "You're built like a man in that area." hmm

However...I did a LOT of dance as a teen and in my twenties and my muscle tone is very good so that's probably why. I do have fat hips though. grin

ReginaPhilangie Mon 08-Jul-13 23:16:48

My thighs have always rubbed together. Currently a size 18-20 so it's inevitable that they will. But they rubbed together even when I was a slim size 10 (many moons ago).

PlasticCups Mon 08-Jul-13 23:36:02

Just measured mine with Wonder Web and a Stanley tape measure, 17inches, with a panoramic thigh gap. Hmmm, I am thinking I am officially some sort of freak.

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 23:37:23

grin wonder web - good effort!

MarjorieAntrobus Mon 08-Jul-13 23:40:52

Size 10, 20 inches, apple shape, and short. Have never had the chafing thing, and didn't even know until this thread that some women do. (Now I understand what a friend was getting at when she talked about how uncomfortable it is wearing skirts/dresses in hot weather blush )

ZingWidge Mon 08-Jul-13 23:42:47

use Vaseline on the rubbing together bits.

MacaYoniandCheese Mon 08-Jul-13 23:50:10

I am a slim size 2 (US) but have disproportionately fat legs am curvy and athletic of thigh <self love>. I run 5 times a week but the only thing that makes my thighs shrink is ditching the carbs...completely sad. Probably not the answer you wanted but there you go smile.

2much2young Mon 08-Jul-13 23:52:51

well you know what Maca I must say that I do notice that trousers are snugger when I've had a carb heavy weekend and I'm sure I've read on other threads that water retention is worse when you consume a lot of carbs, something to do with water molecules attaching more easily to fat cells but now that I'm typing it all sounds like bollox grin

LizzyDay Mon 08-Jul-13 23:59:32

Re the apple / pear thing, I would just like to say for the record that my thighs might slap together most mightily, but my boobs remain pert and separate. They don't even get sweaty underneath.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 09-Jul-13 00:08:14

Never had this problem (chunky thighs but "child bearing" hips) but seeing so many non-obese women on this thread suffering from it baffles me in evolutionary terms. Surely a body shape where bits rub together painfully if you go for a walk without trousers on is really crap - even by the shoddy design standards of the human body? Can we put in some kind of class action?

And while we're at it, these so-called "child-bearing hips", whilst handy for preventing chaffing, did not perform their advertised function to a reasonable standard <has scars to prove it if it comes to court>

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 00:32:35

Pert boobs you say? I think the last time were pert I was about 14 and even they I think it was touch and go being ample in the breast region also.

Perhaps those of us with the shoddy thigh design were meant to carried around like the goddesses that we are wink

PlasticCups Tue 09-Jul-13 00:39:57

Oh no, I hate the boob thing, never had them and never will. Would love to have them (but not gonna pay for them)

You women with boobs will always be an enigma to me.

QuiteOldGal Tue 09-Jul-13 00:43:33

5'10" size 14, 23"thigh Never have rubbed together about average size.

I have got a gap of about 1-2 cm though. I'm sure its bone structure because I am slightly bandy legged and used to dislike this until I read about chafing.

I think I would have to put on loads of weight for my legs to rub.

throckenholt Tue 09-Jul-13 08:25:11

Prompted by this thread I did some observation at the supermarket yesterday grin.

My conclusion is that most men (regardless of size or shape) don't have thighs that rub, and most women (regardless of size or shape) do have thighs that rub together. Those women that didn't tended to be very lean build. I think it must be to do with the pelvis shape and the way the legs fit into it.

So maybe that means there is little point in dieting to get lean thighs. Try using antiperspirant instead, particularly the block ones.

treaclesoda Tue 09-Jul-13 08:46:47

I am size 12/14 and have 21 1/2 inch thighs. They dont rub. But I'm apple shaped, rather than pear, and have naturally lean muscley legs with little excess flesh (unlike my waist area which is a horror to behold) so I'd vote with those saying its body shape rather than size. I'm not particularly slim but its not a problem, whereas some much slimmer women are tortured with thigh rub.

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 09:25:40

@throckenholt grin

am trying out the deodorant trick today and will report back later after I've been out this afternoon

LizzyDay Tue 09-Jul-13 09:49:38

That's so true about male thigh rub - men tend to have gorgeous muscular fat-free rub-free thighs, because they carry any flab above the pants line in an apple stylee.

Wilding Tue 09-Jul-13 09:58:42

5'4", probably about a 12-14 on the bottom at the moment but have been an 8 in the past and my thighs still touched at the top. They move against each other when I walk but not to the extent that it hurts or I end up with chafing, if that makes sense?

Chandon Tue 09-Jul-13 10:03:41

I wear size 14, just to humour you ( a stranger n the internet! ) I measured the fattest part of my thighs, they ar 25.5 inch, and do not rub together.

So you are close!

Disclaimer, I have very wide hips/pelvis, I remember my Gyno saying my pelvis was s wide I could give birth to twins simultaneously angry

Never thought about that having an effect on thigh chaving....

RatHammock Tue 09-Jul-13 10:06:42

Size 6-8, 5'5" and 18" thighs here. No rubbing. I have a small gap of about 2cm between my thighs when I stand up.

Have just conducted experiment and 'The Bell Jar' fits between them easily but 'The God Delusion' does not.

Chandon Tue 09-Jul-13 10:10:09

I think I have the biggest yet non chafing thighs on here so far.

Maybe I juts tend to walk with my legs wide apart ( like a tena lady or John Wayne) ... So sexy

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 10:26:12

weirdly though men tend to have narrow hips/pelvis so surely this should mean that their legs chafe!

grin grin @ RatHammock loving those choices grin grin

KatoPotato Tue 09-Jul-13 10:31:47

Yes... where are we placing our feet here? I don't have a gap if I place my feet at hip distance! haha

LizzyDay Tue 09-Jul-13 10:57:10

Wow Chandon that is amazing, you must have great hips to sashay with!

My thighs are 26 inches at widest part, and I have to stand with my big toes about 12 inches apart in order to get them not to touch.

I have discovered (after much burrowing) that my front pelvic bones are about 12 inches apart too (as measured in a straight line with a ruler, not around the flab with a tape measure iyswim).

LizzyDay Tue 09-Jul-13 10:59:59

Are men's pelvises actually narrower though? Or is it just that they don't carry fat on them so they look narrower?

Mine don't but I've chicken legs which give illusion of thinness. Lovely big post natal tummy hidden under baggy t shirts

LizzyDay Tue 09-Jul-13 11:09:56

Ooh some interesting Wikipedia 'human pelvis' facts:

The principal differences between male and female true and false pelvis include:

The female pelvis is larger and broader than the male pelvis which is taller, narrower, and more compact.[35]

The acetabula are wider apart in females than in males.[36] In males, the acetabulum faces more laterally, while it faces more anteriorly in females. Consequently, when men walk the leg can move forwards and backwards in a single plane. In women, the leg must swing forward and inward, from where the pivoting head of the femur moves the leg back in another plane. This change in the angle of the femoral head gives the female gait its characteristic (i.e. swinging of hips). [37]

Maybe that ^^ contributes to thigh rub??

GrimmaTheNome Tue 09-Jul-13 11:10:00

Sort of narrower, but the legs go more straight down which may help
see here

But thighs are one of the places women sensibly store reserves so we can make milk and not starve when the hunters return empty handed.

No idea of circumference but am size 8 and do lots if running and cycling.

Chandon Tue 09-Jul-13 11:19:54

Good facts Lizzy.

Yes I have great wide hips, it is one of those things women bemoan but ( lots of) men find attractive. ( Not me, specifically, but wide hipped women in general) Even though it is not the fashion.

Chandon Tue 09-Jul-13 11:20:21

This is also why I hate running, don't have the physique

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 11:25:06

oooh Lizzy my pelvis is measuring 12 inches from bone to bone and I am 26 inch thighs - how tall are you? I am 5ft 8

YY to forward and inward contributing to thigh rub!

Chandon Tue 09-Jul-13 11:30:17

Mine 12 too.

I am telling you OP, half an inch and you're there

GrimmaTheNome Tue 09-Jul-13 11:32:21

Its not often you learn so much anatomy from an S&B thread! grin

OctopusPete8 Tue 09-Jul-13 11:49:55

you can have wide hips and a narrow pelvis , so its not always a given.

frissonpink Tue 09-Jul-13 11:52:44

24 inches here and rub together.

They have always rubbed together. Even when I was 8 stone and a size 6.

LizzyDay Tue 09-Jul-13 12:16:25

2much - I'm a bit shorter than you, about 5 foot 6.

Grimma - from the front I look exactly like a lardier version of the pic you posted grin Interesting that the female thigh bones do go in at more of an angle towards the knee - thus definitely promoting thigh rub!

Octopus - are you talking bones or flesh when you say wide hips?

Chandon - yes wide hips = a feature of sexual dimorphism, therefore attractive. <eats more cake>

VitoCorleone Tue 09-Jul-13 12:21:43

Size 8. I weigh 8 stone. Im 5'2"

Thighs are 18" around the widest point.

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 12:26:03

ah just realised something men are usually in trousers and short aren't they so even if they did have thighs with the potential to chaf the material would always protect them

missbopeep Tue 09-Jul-13 12:39:53

I am 5' 3, weigh just under 8 stone and my thighs are 19 inches. I am a size 8-10.

throckenholt Tue 09-Jul-13 12:47:22

yep men usually wear trousers - but close observation (I think I did it discreetly though !) showed that even so, their legs rarely rubbed. grin

<disclaimer - in the interests of science this was not just young good looking guys - it was all ages and shapes, and women too ! >

I guess it is anatomy - the ball joint where the leg fits the pelvis tends to push the leg further out in men - hence no rubbing. I wonder why ? I wonder if it is child bearing or some other reason ?

throckenholt Tue 09-Jul-13 12:49:39

More questions - if most women have thigh chafing regardless of their size, why is it almost taboo to talk about ? Why aren't there lots of products out there for reducing it ? Is it because most designers of products are men and so therefore don't see a need ?

WildThongsHeartString Tue 09-Jul-13 12:50:02

I'm not telling
blush blush blush

Keztrel Tue 09-Jul-13 13:02:37

Men usually have more muscular, toned thighs than women (the gits) so I think unless they are really overweight generally their thighs don't rub, as they don't have all the lovely wobbly inner thigh fat hmm My DH is quite a bit fatter than me yet still has solid footballer thighs, whereas mine are wibbly grin

GobblersKnob Tue 09-Jul-13 13:12:33

Am 5'10" 12 ish and thighs are 25". They touch and I can feel the against each other when I walk iyswim, but they have never rubbed in any way that causes me discomfort, which I think is something else.

Amazinggg Tue 09-Jul-13 13:25:29

This thread is weirdly fascinating! I'm a pear shaped size 10 and mine are about 21 inches. Like someone above, I always thought my bum was massive - hips measure 38 inches. No idea if that's proportionate or not, my stats are 33-27-38 apparently.

Disclaimer - these measurements might be totally off since I used a rigid measurer tape thingy, with clothes on. In fact my thighs are probably 16" and my bum 24" grin

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 13:52:34

anyone else always want to take a tape measure to undressed shop window mannequins and see what they come out at? They always look tiny!

missbopeep Tue 09-Jul-13 13:55:49

Bugger the anatomy- thigh rub is just fat.

women's pelvises are different and this is why many non-athlete women look knock kneed, or have a 'flappy' running style- knees together and calves and ankles flick out. I pass such a female jogger almost daily.

But that's not the cause of thigh fat. It's just fat.

badguider Tue 09-Jul-13 14:26:00

throckenholt - missbopeep above has just answered your question for you, it's because people like her will tell anybody whose legs rub that they're 'just too fat' even if they are a size 8 with a borderline 'underweight' BMI.
That's certainly what made me ashamed and convinced I was fat through my teens when I was that underweight bmi girl. angry

Amazinggg Tue 09-Jul-13 14:28:30

Don't be silly badguider - missbopeep is right, and no-one on the thread is saying otherwise - it's fat, body fat. It's just normal and there's nothing 'wrong' with it, it's not unttractive. She's just calling a spade a spade and it's a bit silly to be offended. I'm sure almost all of us hated our newly curvy thighs as teenagers - learn to love them now, whether you're a size 8 or 28 it's part of being a woman smile

badguider Tue 09-Jul-13 14:36:31

The sole cause of thigh rub is not thigh fat, and certainly not excess thigh fat - thigh muscles can rub just as much. in fact, if we're being pernickity, the cause is clearly thigh skin!
I know rugby players with this issue - their muscly thighs 'eat' their shorts and their legs rub when they run.

People with MORE thigh fat can have legs that don't rub and people with far LESS can have thighs that don't rub.

It IS anatomy and the build of your pelvis.

Chandon Tue 09-Jul-13 15:28:46

Yes, mine are fatty but don't rub

missbopeep Tue 09-Jul-13 15:36:24

Men with very muscly thighs can have thigh rub, I agree. But how many men are really like that? Often they are fat as well smile

Just to put it in perspective, I recall Sue Lawley interviewing Will Carling ( former England rugby captain) on Desert island discs some years back and asking if it was true that his thighs measured a whopping 24 inches.

Women do not build muscle like men. You'd be a VERY odd woman if you built thigh muscles like a man unless you seriously weight trained or took steroids to build up that amount of muscle. So sorry- but you are kidding yourself if you blame it on 'muscle'.
Think of Jessica Ennis- great muscles, weighs about 9.5 stones, but no thigh rub.

I'm not setting out to be bitchy but in all honesty I have not known any woman with thigh rub who couldn't afford to lose at least a stone and maybe a lot more.

I'm 4 foot 11.5 and a size 6.

My thighs rub! I have chunky thighs and slightly wide hips. I'm so out of proportion grin

irregularegular Tue 09-Jul-13 15:40:56

Size 10, 5 ft 4, 19-20 inches.

No part of my legs touch each other when I stand straight - until you reach my ankles. I'm rather bow legged! I guess it has advantages.

LizzyDay Tue 09-Jul-13 15:57:18

Missbopeep - in this pic Jennifer Aniston's thighs definitely look like they're hitting each other at the top, and her shorts are riding up a bit too. Do you reckon she needs to lose a stone?

But yes of course the fatter you are the more your thighs will rub if you're built that way to start with. I have also known women who were very overweight with non-rubbing thighs - they just had naturally slim legs and carried their weight above the pant-line.

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 16:56:04

missbopeep I've got fat on my thighs and they do rub, I've had thighs with less fat on and they didn't rub so in my case yes it's fat and I could do with losing a stone, probably two and I'm well aware of that. There are a fair few women on here who have thighs that rub who also know that they are carrying fat on their thighs and they could do with losing some weight if they want to try and alleviate this. There are also plenty of women on here who are very small (in my book) a size 8 or 10 who say that their thighs rub ... do you think these women could do with losing a stone or more or do you think they are lying and are infact all much bigger than they are claiming to be? No-one here is delusional thanks

missbopeep Tue 09-Jul-13 16:56:21

That pic is 'forbidden' according to my pc .

It's surely impossible to tell from a pic- thighs touch but rubbing is another matter.

missbopeep Tue 09-Jul-13 16:57:46

Oh dear- we have the fat v thin arguments again.

read my posts again, dear- I said 'I have not known'- I don't go around staring at women's thighs all day long.

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 17:31:22

how about you read the WHOLE thread missbopeep and educate yourself?

missbopeep Tue 09-Jul-13 18:10:27

And your point is?

I've read all of it.

LizzyDay Tue 09-Jul-13 18:13:40

hmm don't know why pic isn't working.

If you Google Image 'Jennifer Aniston shorts' it's the first pic on my results - she's wearing a black vest top and denim shorts, and her thighs are touching.

Obviously I have no way of proving actual chafage. The point is that you can be very slim indeed (as she is in the photo) and have thighs that touch.

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 18:29:07

my point is that you say you

"don't know any woman with thigh rub who couldn't afford to lose at least a stone and maybe a lot more"

but there are plenty of woman here throughout the thread who are a size 8 or 10 who are saying that they get thigh rubbage. How many women who are size 8 or 10 need to lose a stone or more??

kelda Tue 09-Jul-13 18:32:31

Thighs that rub when walking is the obvious result of thighs that touch.

Add sweat and heat for a prolonged period of time, then you get chafing.

My thighs chaffed even when I was 8.5 stone (bit taller then average height). It's just the way I am made.

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 18:35:55

coo you big fatty kelda you should get yourself over to weightloss chat for some advice on how to lose that extra stone you're carrying hmm

kelda Tue 09-Jul-13 18:39:00

grin I probably could do with losing a stone now -that was 20 years ago- I am no longer 8.5st! Although strangely enough I am the same dress sizehmm

missbopeep Tue 09-Jul-13 19:27:49



You missed out the most important word on that quote. It's I- as in I don't know......


herbaceous Tue 09-Jul-13 19:50:08

My thighs rubbed as much at 9 stone as they do at 11.5 stone. I'm 5'8", and don't think I needed to lose a stone when I weighed 9. My legs have always been thunderous, though, even when I was so slim and went to the gym four times a week.

LizzyDay Tue 09-Jul-13 19:50:56

missbopeep - So. All the chafers you know are lard-arses, but as you haven't weighed and measured every chafer in the world, are you saying that your theory might have a teeny bit of room for error? smile

peteypiranha Tue 09-Jul-13 19:52:50

I dont know circumference but my body shape is close to Kate Moss size. My thighs lightly touch but dont really rub, or cause annoyance to me. I am under 8 stone.

mrsravelstein Tue 09-Jul-13 20:04:21

size 8, 5'2", thighs 19, no rubbing although i have comparatively fat legs. i often see quite large women with very lovely slim legs (the letitia dean effect) so it must be down to body shape.

Frostybean Tue 09-Jul-13 20:12:15

I am 11 stone, 5'7" and my thighs are 22" and I have a 1 inch gap due to wide hips. I would happily trade skinny legs for small boobs though (instead of huge norks i currently have) so i could go bra-less. Wearing a bra has to be the worst thing about hot weather.

ShinyBlackShoes Tue 09-Jul-13 20:20:30

I use Body Glide to help stop my shoes rubbing in the summer with bare feet. It is meant for runners and can be used on rubbing thighs etc. Really worth the money and I got mine from Amazon; honestly wouldn't be without it.

No idea how much I weight as refuse to have scales but I am slightly overweight. I refuse to get out the tape measure too as I couldn't cope with the depression I would feel as I a no where near the size I was when I was young and gorgeous. I am sort of a 10 depending on the manufacturer and a pear shape so 8 on top and 10 below and solidly middle aged and sadly spreading as I get even more middle-aged ;o(

frissonpink Tue 09-Jul-13 20:21:32

I'm not setting out to be bitchy but in all honesty I have not known any woman with thigh rub who couldn't afford to lose at least a stone and maybe a lot more.

So at 8 stone, 5'5, I could do with losing another stone or maybe more?! Where the hell from??!!

What a load of bullshit!

My thighs rub because my body is built this way hmm. Pretty sure they'd rub right up until the point I was scarily anorexic and about to keel over.

My mate on the other hand, size 16, with the longest skinniest legs you have ever seen. They have never rubbed and probably never will.

All down to body shape imo.

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 21:27:21

HELLO-OH is there anybody in there???
I was quoting you to you (that's I to you) the POINT is that you personally don't know anyone who's thighs rub together who couldn't do with losing weight BUT PEOPLE HERE - admittedly people YOU don't know personally say they have thigh rubbers but are (I think we all agree) not overweight

Ha! <whatever indeed grin>

2much2young Tue 09-Jul-13 21:29:59

Thigh rubbers?! That's a whole other thread grin

Amazinggg Tue 09-Jul-13 21:32:49

Maybe toning up is what would help rather than losing weight? I'm the same weight I was years ago but much more toned now - used to get chub rub and now don't.

Not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but I discovered Lanacane anti-chafing gel for just this problem and it is fantastic.

2much2young Wed 10-Jul-13 13:54:31

not at all!

reporting back on the deodorant on thigh experiment - it worked!

frissonpink Wed 10-Jul-13 15:54:39

That gel looks fab, may have to invest!

BaconAndAvocado Wed 10-Jul-13 16:02:37

How strange, I have experienced thigh rubbage but only when I was a size 14.........

kelda Wed 10-Jul-13 17:15:16

Strange? What's so strange about the fact that we all have different body shapes? Even if we are a healthy weight?

LadyIsabellaWrotham Wed 10-Jul-13 18:51:41

It's strange because not being able to walk a couple of miles without pain or special equipment (and in evolutionary terms trousers count as special equipment) is a ridiculous design flaw. Everybody has different body shapes but you'd expect them all to basically work. I guess in a state of nature you just build up calluses - lovely.

Mind you I assume most women have problems sprinting without additional support too. It's a feeble bit of design all round IMO.

kelda Wed 10-Jul-13 19:01:43

If we are talking about evoluntionary design, we are badly designed. You only have to see a woman giving birth to realise that.

I don't consider trousers 'special equipment'. Clothes have been around in cold climates for a long time.

I'm not too sure if you are really aware of the differences between people. Of course many people are able to sprint without much problem. That is after all how evolution works - a huge gene pool always increasing in size.

I have seen many people in my profession, of many different body shapes, and believe me, it's not always the overweight people who are the most unhealthy.

kelda Wed 10-Jul-13 19:03:46

And another point - then ability to invent that 'special equipment' to cope with those design flaws is evolution.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Wed 10-Jul-13 19:10:07

Oh I know, it's just one of the many many ways in which the human body is imperfect, I was bemoaning the ludicrous unfitness for purpose of my so-called "child-bearing hips" upthread. But it's a new one on me, hence surprising.

BaconAndAvocado Wed 10-Jul-13 21:51:22

ladyisabella indeed sprinting is most problematic for women, particularly d'un certain age.

I sprinted in the mums race at DCs Sports Day yesterday and the experience was very very, er.....strange.

Regarding being a size 14, thighs rubbing and it all being strange, it just seems like a strange coincidence , that's all.

this thread has certainly evolved grin

GrimmaTheNome Wed 10-Jul-13 22:53:26

>Mind you I assume most women have problems sprinting without additional support too

I'd have thought blokes would have problems too...

Wuldric Wed 10-Jul-13 22:57:03

I think the answer depends upon how tall you are

My thighs measure 42cm which I am told is 16.5 inches. I am a size 10-12 in any shop. But I am tall 5' 11" , BMI in the normal range (towards the low end) and my thighs have never ever rubbed together.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 10-Jul-13 23:08:03

42 cm thighs? My calves (which are mostly muscle, honest) are 38cm! grin

2much2young Thu 11-Jul-13 09:31:08

blimey Wuldric that some slim pins you've got there! Do tell me you've the arse of a baboon and/or the gut of Big Daddy grin Just measure my calves, left one is 39cm, right one 40cm FFS! let's not even get started on the bingo wings ...

allmycats Thu 11-Jul-13 09:41:29

When I was a 6 stone 10lb size 6 @ 5 foot 2" my thighs rubbed, probably due to my 32" hips. I am now size 10 bottom 1/2 and they still rub. Conclusion - if you have slim hips in proportion to height your thighs will rub - if you are overweight then this will make it worse.

snoworneahva Thu 11-Jul-13 10:44:46

I think people store fat in different areas - for me it's the inner thighs for others it's the outer and no rubbing for those lucky sods <not bitter>

I am a size 10-12, thighs are 19 1/2 inches and they touch, I could do with losing 2 stone tbh though.

They did the same when I was 15-18 and between 6st and below 7st and a size 6 and spent most days in the gym. It's definitely to do with body shape unfortunately.

Anyone else get the problem with their shorts riding up on the inside? If anyone knows a fix for this it would be greatly appreciated.

frissonpink Thu 11-Jul-13 12:43:25

Oh god yes! Shorts riding up on the inside - bane of my summer life. Hence why I've stopped wearing them!

This thread has actually cheered me up somewhat. Thought it was just me with freakishly touching legs! grin

GrimmaTheNome Thu 11-Jul-13 13:46:44

allmycats - exactly. Its the angle of your thighbones - which depends on both their length and the width of your hips - plus the amount and firmness of the padding between them.

We could devise an equation ... if there are enough of us to provide the data we could probably win an Ignobel prize for this, you know! grin

2much2young Thu 11-Jul-13 13:58:37

I have another observation to throw in the pot - flat feet!

I have them and have worn my orthotics (tres chic no?) today for the first time in a few weeks as I've been wearing flip flops/sandals (and now paying for it sad). These lift my arches to how they should be and I noticed today that this pulls my legs up and out a little which gives less rubbage! Maybe it's just my anatomy but it would be interesting to see if anyone else with thigh rub is flat footed - particularly the more slender among us where thigh rub is more down to body shape than extra fleshy bits.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 11-Jul-13 14:01:47

It would have an effect...that'll make the equation more complicated...

herbaceous Thu 11-Jul-13 14:30:12

I'm flat-footed! And have the rub! But am also flabby of thigh...

2much2young Thu 11-Jul-13 14:43:58

wit woo herbaceous wink me too!

herbaceous Thu 11-Jul-13 15:19:08

Maybe having flat feet makes your thighs flabby! Another factor for the equation!

Even when I was a size ten, dancing 6 days a week for 2 hours, I never had thighs that didn't touch.

I am now not a size ten!

I also have thigh rub AND very flat feet......

Norfolknway Thu 11-Jul-13 17:46:26

23" and 5'8"
Currently pregnant and they have started to rub a little. I think I have a little flabby bit starting to form, right at the top premium rubbing area

tallulah Thu 11-Jul-13 18:03:05

I'm 5 ft 2 and overweight, size 14 - 16. Mine are 23 inches (one slightly smaller) and they rub.

SparkyTGD Thu 11-Jul-13 18:16:07

5ft 6, size 14, bit overweight but mostly carried on bust & middle, thighs about 23 ins.

Don't notice rub but don't really wear skirts so not an issue.

Pompbear Thu 11-Jul-13 19:39:37

I haven't read the whole thread but sprayyour inner thighs with a strong anti persperant, like mitchum. Solves the problem!

I'm flat footed too! Will try wearing my insole things tomorrow and tell you if there is a difference!

Also, glad to know I'm not the only person with the shorts riding up problem.

curryeater Thu 11-Jul-13 20:53:45

Touching and chafing are different. I am a short size 14 and could definitely stand to lose more than a bit but my thighs never chafe because my hips are so wide I guess.
Last year when all the athletics were on telly I wondered where the likes of the lovely Ennis buy their trousers, because they all seemed to have such narrow hips and such large (super muscly of course) thighs, relatively. They barely seemed to fit in the space when they were twitching about pre-race. It looked like one always had to be in front of the other or they would be too wide to go together under the hips. Narrow hips is of course a good running physique and you need the muscles too, but I bet they lubricate their thighs or they chafe like a bastard. And I bet they have to buy surprisingly big trousers and have them all taken in around the waist and hips.

Lizzylou Thu 11-Jul-13 21:16:03

Curryeater, I always thimk that about Sir Chris Hoy. Massive thighs before he retired. He was in jeans at Wimbledon and they did look reduced.

Have measured mine now, 24", am size 14 and 5ft 9". That is mainly quads and outer thigh though, my inner thighs are ok, don't rub. Have very wide hips. My thighs are always the last place the flab goes from, this year have lost weight, I know that the next 7lbs loss will mean thinner thighs. My problem has always been sticky outy outer thighs though.

bethyrose Thu 11-Jul-13 21:35:01

Here is an interesting perspective on thigh gaps, originally taken from a blogger called The Exercist (can't find the original blog post to link to) Mind The (Thigh) Gap Sometimes there's not a hell of a lot we can do about the gap - healthy/unhealthy, skinny/not so skinny may/may not be able to achieve one. IYKWIM!

bethyrose Thu 11-Jul-13 21:42:00

Sorry, that's already been said a zillion times. Must. Read. Full. Thread. Before. Butting. In

auldspinster Mon 05-Aug-13 12:34:05

Update for chub rubsters - poundland have lanacane antichafe at the moment. I also gave primark men's trunks a try and they work like a charm even if they do sit a little low. Finally boots have mitchum on offer right now, 2 for £4.

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