Here’s a New Challenge

‘BellyButtonChallenge’ takes the world by storm

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:06 PM
Actress Yang Mi doing the belly button challenge.WEIBO

Actress Yang Mi doing the belly button challenge.

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Sehun of the band EXO posts photo to Weibo doing the belly button challenge.WEIBO

Sehun of the band EXO posts photo to Weibo doing the belly button challenge.

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Thin is in, but the latest social media craze may have crossed the line.

People all over the world are taking the “Belly Button Challenge” to see if they’re at a “healthy” weight — but experts say being able to touch your navel by reaching your hand around you back doesn’t promote healthy living.

“People (may make) perfectionistic comparisons — such as ‘She can do it and I can’t!’ — which incites even more stress in people’s lives,” said Elizabeth Lombardo, a clinical psychiatrist in Chicago.

“Some may develop a negative self-image, such as ‘My body sucks’ or ‘I am such a fat loser,’” added Lombardo.

But still, the phenomenon is taking off.

Kids on Weibo doing the belly button challenge — but this guy faked out the public by hiding a friend behind himself.WEIBO

Kids on Weibo doing the belly button challenge — but this guy faked out the public by hiding a friend behind himself.

It became popular a week ago when Chinese women began posting their victorious pics on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Since then, the hashtag #BellyButtonChallenge has gone viral, with more than 130 million posts.

The challenge has gotten so big that it now even has its detractors. An overweight user of Weibo posted a photo of himself doing the challenge — only to reveal that he had hidden a friend behind his back to provide the extra arm. He dubbed himself “Game Terminator.”

It’s unclear why it started — though some claim there is a U.S. study indicating that being able to wrap your arm around your back means you’re at a healthy weight.

But no one has found said study.

And unlike the ice bucket challenge — which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2014 — the belly button challenge does not appear to have a loftier goal.

On the plus side, the challenge has inspired a more practical trend. #BoobsOverBellyButtons started Monday to raise awareness of breast checkups — “rather than doing these ridiculous body-shaming (and downright painful) demonstrations,” the trend starter, Curvy Kate, a British lingerie designer, posted on Twitter.

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About Brian Fulmer

Brian is the owner of Crossroads Property Management Inc. (www.crossroadsproperty.com) He writes six blogs and has written two books. He also works with various missions around the world. His first love is Guatemala.
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