It seems that most women, even those of us that are seemingly “perfection” when it comes to the graces God handed to us as far as genetics such as big boobs, no cellulite and tiny waists and thighs, have issues with our bodies. There’s always at least one part that just somehow doesn’t fit our own personal ideal of what we think the ideal female body is.
I’ve known women who have killer curves that a lot of other ladies would love to have say they hate the very thing other women envy. I’ve heard women with thin stick figure, willowy tall bodies say they wish they had a little more shape or curve. I’ve heard women with pear shapes say they’d love to be more proportional.
It all seems to be in the symmetry, and some of it has to do with the “look” of the moment. Why can’t we all just be happy and content with what we were handed instead of having body image issues? Of course we are not, because plastic surgery’s popularity has just been climbing more and more every year since it started to become affordable and widespread enough for even the average Joes, not just the elite and privileged.
Recent surveys showed that most young girls are especially susceptible to these ridiculous societal ideals of what is the perfect body. The majority of teen girls when surveyed said that they would feel prettier and more attractive if they lost weight. It was quite a general and far reaching statement – they just all felt that any weight lost would add to their attractiveness!
Almost all of them would also change their body in some way if they could, which is also a staggering figure, and shows that women at younger ages are very impressionable when it comes to what they think is attractive and how they have to conform to this ideal, even if it is totally outside their genetic capability.
While it is a known fact that teens are most susceptible to body dysfmorphic issues (where they feel their bodies are much fatter than they are), and eating disorders (see our past story on eating disorders), it seems that older women are caving to the pressure as well. Everything from cellulite, to “too small breasts” to larger upper arms (we have some exercises for that).
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are much more prevalent in older women than they used to be. Is this because of the ideals paraded in front of us on what a beautiful woman should look like? The endless magazine advertisements, reality shows and movies that show impossible figures?
There is no one true answer, but the fact is that plastic surgery has definitely changed the landscape of what women consider to be perfection, and in my opinion it’s not a good thing. Instead of opting for surgery, try an awesome boot camp style workout, or get into a good fitness regimen that will make you feel like you can kick some butt. Surgery will not do that for you.