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Persuasive essay, Cosmetic surgery teaches a wrong message about self image

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Does Cosmetic Surgery teach a wrong message about self image? Too many children today are growing up surrounded by media portrayals of the perfect body. If we don't show realistic images through the media the next generations will be full of self-doubt. In turn this will lead to greater problems of insecurity, anxiety and depression. So why do people harbour a need to achieve the perfect body? People are losing the right to enjoy life as they are due to ridiculous expectations forced upon us as 'the norm' via the media. An eating disorders website claims that we try to succumb to: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: "The media plays a big part. Surrounded by thin models and TV stars, teenage girls are taught to achieve an impossible goal. As a result, many teenage girls intensely dislike their bodies and can tell you down to the minutest detail what's wrong with it. ...read more.


In reality we should channel this energy into things that really matter. Uniqueness is important; we weren't intended to look the same (except identical twins) or to manipulate our bodies beyond previous recognition. In the case of medical issues i.e. reconstructive surgery, then cosmetic surgery is potentially life saving and extremely valuable, but too many people are abusing it for other means. Cosmetic surgery is being force-fed by the media as the new glamour and the dangers are all too often ignored. At the end of the day looks are skin deep, shouldn't it be who we are that matters? Cosmetic surgery is teaching a wrong message about self-image. It is teaching people to be materialistic and shallow and it should be what is on the inside that matters. Society today wants quick fixes for everything that people don't want to accept. ...read more.


Vicky see's and highlights the importance of the fact that her face is an integral part to who she is. Vicky is not against plastic surgery, but she decided that she didn't want surgery as this wasn't really a solution. Instead Vicky wants to change social attitudes. I am sure you will agree that social attitudes form taboos regarding issues such as cosmetic surgery and disfigurement, as most people do not want to discuss topics that go against the societal norm. Vicky is truly an inspiration and we need more people with her positive attitude and determination to begin to eliminate the self-image problems that so many people experience, through no direct fault of their own. Altering how you appear on the outside does not by any means guarantee that you will be a different person on the inside. Uniqueness is important, cosmetic surgery is not. We are too concerned with what is on the outside when in reality we are complex beings. ...read more.

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