Society's Expectations Essay

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Bo Derek running down the beach with a slender hourglass figure, large full breast, and long shapely legs in the acclaimed motion picture "10", helped to set the standard that now molds our society. Opening a magazine, turning on a television, going to the movies, or riding down the interstate is a never-ending reminder of what society expects us to look like. With our acceptance, being based on our physical appearance, its no wonder many young people have become obsessed with their appearance.The epidemic of an obsession with appearance is wide spread, leaving no age group unaffected. The most troubling is however, the effect it is having own our young women, who are struggling to find ...view middle of the document...

Although children under eighteen are allowed to have cosmetic surgery if their parents' consent. Many cosmetic surgeons have reported that they have girls as young as fourteen-year-old, wanting to have their nose and chins reshaped and even surgical breast augmentation.Jenna Franklin is as a good example. She is only fifteen years old, but thinks she knows the secret to a successful future -- bigger breasts. In an article featured in the Associated Press, Jenna stated that she started thinking about the surgery when she was twelve years old. "Every other person you see on the television has had implants," she wrote. "If I want to be successful I need to have them, too. Jenna, who is considering a career as a plastic surgeon, said she expects implants will make her less shy and more self-confidentJenna's parents want their daughter to be happy, so they have agreed to pay for breast enlargements as a sixteenth birthday present. "There are so many young girls who are depressed or bothered about the way they look, so if you can do something about it, that's great," Jenna's mother expresses. She has had her own breasts enlarged, cosmetic surgery on her nose and cheeks and liposuction to her stomach and hips.While eighteen years old is the recommend age for cosmetic surgery, there are some surgeries listed as appropriate for girls younger than eighteen. Rhinoplasties, which can be preformed at age thirteen, and Otoplasty, which can be preformed on children as young as five years old, are two surgeries listed. Rhinoplasty, which is nose reshaping, is the most common cosmetic procedure requested by teenage girls. The main reason it can be preformed on young women is that the nose has finished most of its growth by age thirteen or fourteen. Otoplasty, which is a type of surgery to pin back the ear, is one of the few operations performed on young children.If you find it shocking that many women under go surgery in their quest for social acceptance, you will be horrified to realize how many women have developed eating disorders in an attempt to achieve the "perfect weight. According to the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, seventy million individuals in the world suffer from an eating disorder. Two common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa and bulimia. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that about 9,000 of the people admitted to hospitals were diagnosed with bulimia in 1994, the latest year for which statistics are...

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