The Media & Cosmetic Surgery

Jordan Harris

What is body image and beauty?

The definition of body image is "ones subjective perception of ones physical appearance". Or, how you see and feel about your body.

How can we avoid judging others?

Media has created an impossible image of the way people look. No matter how much we diet, and workout, we cannot match the image on the screen or page. It is rare to see a male or female not concerned about their weight, but it is also rare to see a woman with the "perfect body" image the media portrays. Many times, if it is not someone else judging people's body shape it is themselves. If we were all accepting of our bodies and others bodies, we wouldn't have this problem. There are healthy ways to make your body image better but surgery shouldn't be as common as it is now a days.

Cosmetic Surgery Facts and Statistics

  1. In 2013, there were 15.1 million cosmetic surgeries
  2. Breast Implants have been the top cosmetic surgical procedure since 2006
  3. Of all cosmetic surgeries in 2013, 220,000 were on ages 13-19.
  4. More than 40% of women and 20% of men admitted to considering plastic surgery
  5. US spend more than 12 billion on cosmetic surgeries in 2014.
  6. Studies show that the more reality tv a male/female watches, the more likely he/she is to find appearance important
  7. In 2012, 51% of cosmetic patients were returning patients
  8. In 2012, 46% of patients received multiple cosmetic procedures at the same time.
  9. In 2013, 10,507,013 cosmetic surgery patients were caucasian, this is 70%.
  10. Aside from breast surgeries, laser surgeries are second most popular.

5 steps to improve body image:

  1. Wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good about your body.
  2. Surround yourself with positive people
  3. Protest against media messages that make you feel bad about your body.
  4. Eat respectfully
  5. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.