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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Children's book on Plastic Surgery?

Check out this article on a new book to read to your kids/grandkids.

I find it fascinating that our culture has become so casual about plastic surgery. I don't think there is anything wrong with getting something touched up due to aging, having kids and resulting effects of gravity or to reconstruct areas due to illness, surgery or accidents. I do think some people go way overboard with it and it's sad that it seems to be sold as something that we have to do. Sure, there are a lot of people who want to be beautiful, but why does society need to put much more emphasis on the outside over what is on the inside of a person. Is a person's physical appearance that critical to their worth as a person? I don't think so.

As a mom, I worry about how this attitude is going to affect my daughters' self image and afraid that they will be careless about changing everything about themselves physically at the expense of their psychological well being. Ashlynn, at only 11 years old, is already worried about her weight and has made an occasional comment that she needs to go on a diet because her thighs are jiggley. She only weighs 67lbs and is just under 5' tall, which puts her at the 3 percentile for weight at her age. Last year, when the controversy of super thin models dying of anorexia made big news, some of her friends told her she was going to die from anorexia and she had anxiety about it. All I can do is try to talk with her about it and hope that she will find more merit in herself as a person over what society tells her she should be on the outside.

It's hard enough to be yourself and accept the person you are. Why spend the energy to be someone your not? There's nothing more attractive than someone who is genuinely secure in themselves no matter what height, weight, skin shade or other external factor they are. Most people will remember your character, not your dress size.


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