Dying to look Good?

There was a shocking article in the Daily Mail today. (Nothing unusual there then?) It stated something I have believed for some time but backed it up with actual data. It was the data that was shocking. Here are just two excerpts

‘the suicide rate is up to three times higher in women who have had breast implants’.
And suicide is not the only negative outcome: ‘cosmetic surgery patients had a three-times higher rate of death due to self-destructive acts, such as binge-drinking, drug ¬overdoses and reckless driving’.

The article concluded that more people should have therapy rather than surgery. And that many, many people are deeply disappointed about the outcome.

In the light of this Daily Mail article, a Christian Radio station has asked me ‘do I think plastic surgery is intrinsically an unchristian thing to do. Interesting question!

What do you think? Do you think we should accept ourselves as we are? If we are prepared to diet to improve out appearance why not go under the knife, if we can afford it? Have you had
plastic surgery? Would you be prepared to say what you’ve had done and why?

Given that a recent study done for the Girl Guides revealed that half of secondary school girls plan to have plastic surgery, these are important questions. What would you say to your daughter if she cried herself to sleep every night over her appearance and you had in your power to ‘fix’ the problem?

I would love to hear your thoughts

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2 thoughts on “Dying to look Good?”

  1. I had the dilemma of what to do. As a teenager my chest got bigger and bigger, by the age of 18 I wore a 32H bra. As a Christian a big part of me thought that God gave me this body and I need to cope with it, however my self confidence was very low, I had been teased and I was developing dents in my shoulders due to the weight of my chest. My family had the contacts and finances to enable me to undergo reduction surgery privately in the summer holidays after my first year of university when I was 19. I definitely wouldn’t be the woman I am now without the surgery, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to date and wouldn’t have married my fabulous husband at 22.

    My only regret is that I wasn’t able to breastfeed my beautiful children.

    I’d never deny my surgery to my children, especially when genetics almost certainly played a part in my developing as I did and there’s every possibility my daughter may in time ‘need’ a similar surgery. I’m not sure how I’d feel if my daughter wanted other cosmetic surgery, I think it would depend so much on what she wanted doing and why.

    1. sheila bridge

      thanks so much for this Hannah, your story and your reflections are really helpful. I have often thought that this would be the one situation where I would have made a similar decision. Isn’t it bizarre though that so many women undergo surgery in order to acheive a H cup? Do you live in the UK? if so there is a presenter of a Christian radio station who might like to interview you? You can reply privately if would like to, via the contact page on my website http://www.sheilabridge.com But no pressure, just really appreciate you posting up this reply, thanks

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