Who in the world started this and why has it become such a big deal?!
There's a new trend taking over the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo, called the Belly Button Challenge, where people post photos of themselves reaching one arm behind their backs in an effort to touch their, you guessed it, belly buttons.
i did it!!!!!! i did the #bellybuttonchallenge 😂👏 pic.twitter.com/7j358wmIjk— - (@baekonized) June 12, 2015
i did it!!!!!! i did the #bellybuttonchallenge 😂👏 pic.twitter.com/7j358wmIjk
According to the Daily Mail, people are claiming that a "scientific study" from the US found that individuals who pass the test have good bodies and those who fail need to lose weight — though experts haven't been able to find this "study."
While millions of people have posted photos for the challenge, medical health professionals are worried that it will encourage body dysmorphic disorder.
#bellybuttonchallenge #chamtaytoirun #kyduyen2015 A photo posted by Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên (@kydunguyen) on Jun 12, 2015 at 9:03am PDT
#bellybuttonchallenge #chamtaytoirun #kyduyen2015
A photo posted by Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên (@kydunguyen) on Jun 12, 2015 at 9:03am PDT
"If you can touch your belly button from behind your back, you could be in better shape than someone who can't — but you shouldn't have a false sense of security about your health," Dr. Charlie Seltzer, a weight-loss specialist, told Cosmo.
"You might have a small waist and look healthy, but your blood work could show that you're just as unhealthy as someone who weighs 400 pounds," he added, citing short arms and poor shoulder flexibility as other possible reasons for failing the test.
people will anything that involves a hashtag wont u ?my hoomin @lisakayemundy will #bellybuttonchallenge pic.twitter.com/IBgf2qi1h9— Stlyin' with KOKO (@TheChampagnista) June 11, 2015
people will anything that involves a hashtag wont u ?my hoomin @lisakayemundy will #bellybuttonchallenge pic.twitter.com/IBgf2qi1h9