Is the Perfect Body Worth It?
Millions of people throughout the world would do anything to have that “movie star” body, but when is it too far? Martha was thirteen years old when she went on a diet of only salads and fruits. Her friends envied her because she had a healthy diet, but they didn’t know that it was all she was eating. Not eating enough wasn’t good enough for her though. Martha wanted to lose more weight so she decided to do sit-ups, leg lifts and jumping jacks on a daily basis. She was so hard-core with her diet and working out, she lost over fifty-five pounds. She started her diet at one hundred twenty-five pounds, and was hospitalized a year later at sixty-nine pounds (Cotter 14). People with low self-esteem continue to be a growing problem with Americans and can lead to life threatening diseases and unnecessary surgeries.
There are many reasons why men and women think they aren’t skinny enough; in fact, society portrays that people with the perfect body lead a happier lifestyle than those who aren’t as skinny. Society puts too much pressure on people to have the image of a goddess, instead of how they look naturally. People’s success in life shouldn’t be measured by how beautiful they look, but by the achievements they have accomplished throughout their life (Ojeda 51).
A good number of people think that by starving themselves or throwing up their meals, that they will lose weight and get the body they want. Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia can be deadly depending on how long they’ve been sick (Cotter 12). Anorexia is when a person starves themself. Bulimia is when someone binges, stuffs themself at every meal, and then goes to the bathroom and purges, or throws it up. Everyone who suffers from these eating disorders has a low self-esteem, and worries too much about what other people think (31).
Another popular procedure being done now is cosmetic surgery. This is a quick way for someone to lose fat and get his or her dream body without the work. Cosmetic surgery has increased in the past years because more and more men and women are unhappy with their appearance and think this is a good way to make them feel better about themselves. Both cosmetic surgery and eating disorders are done because people have a low self-esteem and aren’t happy with themselves. These are not the ways people should go about getting a body they’re proud of; instead, they should work out and eat healthy foods. It’s sad that people think they need to make themselves sick to look beautiful; everyone is perfect the way he or she is, and he or she shouldn’t change for anyone. “People want cosmetic surgery for a variety of reasons. A 1969 study of 750 patients undergoing a variety of different procedures found that 59 percent wanted surgery because they felt self-consciousness about their appearance. Nearly 17 percent wanted others to be more accepting of them, and another 4 percent admitted to wanting others to admire them. Those are not necessities one needs to continue with life; instead, these are ways of helping people achieve that “movie star” look. If someone is a little overweight and wants to get the perfect body without exercising, they can have cosmetic surgery. It might be an easier way to look gorgeous, but there are many risks that come with it, too. People shouldn’t have to get cosmetic surgery to make themselves feel better about their image. The media puts too much pressure on society to have the perfect body. People will go to the extremes of developing an eating disorder or having cosmetic surgery to look beautiful; this is wrong because everyone is perfect the way they are. Eating disorders have become very popular throughout the world, especially in the United States. It is most common with women and teenage girls, but there are still many men who suffer from eating disorders too (Heller 28). Anorexia and bulimia are the two most widespread eating disorders in...
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