What a wonderful thing it is that we now have fairly affordable access to a lot of cosmetic procedures so that women well in their 60s and 70s can look young and go on with their lives without getting put down by their age and appearance. The downside of all of this is that if you choose not to hang out at your local plastic surgery clinic, you are left behind. You can actually see the consequences if you refuse to dye your hair and let your grays show. The next thing you know you are not only looking ten or twenty years older than your girl friends, you maybe an unwelcome companion to parties and bars with them.
This obsession with looks is rubbing on to teenage girls and now girls as young as five (and no, these are not cases of obese children), according to data compiled by members of parliament in Britain. These kids are so traumatized by the emphasis on looks that they are being forced to seek help for their mental disorders, including depression and anxiety. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image has declared a crisis in England and is asking lawmakers to make it mandatory that before a patient shows up for plastic surgery, she needs to get her head examined. The study found that 20% of women going under the knife already suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
The report found that the body image problems are resulting in eating disorders, mental illness, and low self esteem, which are having disastrous consequences in all walks of life. The group is suggesting that this report be treated as a warning sign about the mental health crisis that cannot be solved by nips and tucks.