Society's Expectations.

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Bo Derek running down the beach with a slender hourglass figure, large full breast, and long shapely legs in the acclaimed motion picture "10", helped to set the standard that now molds our society. Opening a magazine, turning on a television, going to the movies, or riding down the interstate is a never-ending reminder of what society expects us to look like. With our acceptance, being based on our physical appearance, its no wonder many young people have become obsessed with their appearance.

The epidemic of an obsession with appearance is wide spread, leaving no age group unaffected. The most troubling is however, the effect it is having own our young women, who are struggling to find their place in the world. Surprisingly, the concerns of appearance are starting at a younger age than ever before. Young girls as early as elementary school are developing the feeling of being inadequate, when other girls their age are more physically developed than they are.

These feelings of inadequacy leads to a low self -esteem. With the overwhelming desire, to be socially accepted, these young girls are turning to drastic measures in the attempt to achieve this goal. One of the options that many young women are turning to, in the attempt to achieve the "ideal" appearance is cosmetic surgery.

While cosmetic surgery has been around for many years, static's has never noted such a large demand in teenagers. Almost a half million 18 to 34 year-olds helped to fuel the seven billion dollar-a-year plastic surgery industries in 2002, according to the latest survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That age group now makes up about thirty percent of all cosmetic surgery patients in the United States. Cosmetic Surgery among younger people has increased by 145 percent over the past...