Beauty in todays world and how it effects our health.

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Tall, thin, attractive; these are jut a few of the many physical body shapes that nearly ever person in the world idolizes. Because people place so much emphasis on the way others look, many people will do whatever is necessary to have the perfect body. Each individual is expected to behave and dress a certain way because of their race, social class, and even sex. At one period of times, only females were known for caring excessively about how they looked. This “disease” has also started to affect many males around the world as well, which proves to us that the situation is worsening day by day. The reasons as to why people wish to have the perfect body are high in numbers. One reason for it can be blamed on the media and the impact it has on the youth of today.

The media is known for brain washing today’s young into telling them what is right and what is wrong, or which way is the right way to present ourselves to others.

Many programs on television, mainly those which focus on the lives of super models (“America’s Next Top Model” being one such show) trying to go professional, give kids the idea that they need to have a body similar to that which they see before them. They feel that they will be seen as repulsive and unwanted if they don’t reshape themselves. As a result of this, they undergo costly surgeries to reform their bodies to fit one that they desire. Others, who cannot afford to pay for such surgical procedures, find different ways to alter their bodies, which can be a detriment to their health. In an essay written by Susen Bordo, titled “Never Just Pictures”, she describes how the youth of our day are...