plastic surgery or liposuctionMany of you have probably heard this before but it bears repeating. Having a figure that compares to that of Barbie’s is literally impossible. While many of us seem to know this, why are we (as a whole) trying so hard to become something we cannot? Last year alone, there were a grand total of 13.1 million body parts altered in order to try to ‘better’ our bodies (5 percent of these patients weren’t even 20 years of age yet). In all honesty, the problem isn’t something that can be fixed physically. Sure, someone can go their whole lives altering their body and trying to ‘perfect’ it, but when does it stop? When can someone finally feel that they have reached a point in their lives where they look the way they want to? The answer is sadly, never.

By changing the physical aspects of the body, with the help of plastic surgery,  augmentation or liposuction you’re only covering up the problem and that problem lies within a person’s self esteem. If you or anyone you know is thinking about getting plastic surgery, talking to a therapist is always a good idea. It’s important to figure out exactly why you’re looking to change your body. If there is a good reason (an abnormality for example), then it can be understood but the last thing you want to do is rush into something that you’re going to later regret.

If that still doesn’t change your mind, look at all the people in the world (especially in the public eye) who go under the knife and end up looking much worse than they did in the first place. (Heidi Montag, Michael Jackson) This is a reminder to all of you out there to do what you can to love the body you’ve been given. Being healthy is much more important than being whatever your version of ‘perfect’ may be. Remember, nobody and no body is perfect. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

(See the picture of model Katie Halchishick in the latest issue of O Magazine to see what Barbie would look like if she were real)

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