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Aug132006

Mum, Please can I have some Botox?

 Article by Stephen Hull, from The Metro, London

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GONE are the days when girls begged their parents for a pony. Today's youngsters are more likely to ask for some plastic surgery. One in ten girls in their early teens has argued with their parents over wanting cosmetic surgery, new research claims.

Others fall out over wanting to look like ultra-thin celebrities - a trend dubbed 'thinspiration' because of skinny role models such as Posh Spice and Lindsay Lohan.

The Dove survey - of 1,000 girls aged from 12 to 14 and 1,000 mothers of girls that age - revealed young teens are already worried about their body shape.

And many feel unable to discuss these issues with their parents, with nearly two-thirds claiming to hide their views on appearance from their mothers.

When they do talk about it, the conversation soon turns into an argument, with ten percent of girls claiming to have rowed with their mothers about wanting plastic surgery. A further ten percent say they have fallen out with mum over wanting to look like a celebrity.

More than a quarter have disagreed about dieting issues. Although 98 percent of mothers believe it is important to talk openly about health and body issues, many say they find it easier to discuss boyfriends, drugs and sex.

Experts recognise dieting is a difficult topic. Parents do not want their children to eat too much junk food and risk obesity, yet neither do they want to risk provoking the development of an eating disorder because of pressure to stay thin.

Leading psychotherapist Dr Susie Orbach said: 'In today's image-obsessed society, girls have a very different attitude to their body than their mothers did when they were growing up.'

'It's hard for mums to understand the enormity of the cultural shift that has taken place where girls grow up under inordinate pressure to be "perfect".' 

Reader Comments (11)

Nowadays, at a very young age, children are really exposed to some sort of plastic surgery. Children should learn to talk to their parent's openly regarding some censored matters, and as a parent, they should know how to teach or explain to the youngsters that plastic surgery is not a child's thing.
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertorrent download
Its so sad to see that teenagers are already worried about how they look, and that they already want botox and plastic surgery.

It is at the teenage stage that every human being must develop their sense of personal worth and beauty.

If many teenage girls are not loving who they are and how they look like at such a tender age, they will remain unhhapy for the rest of their lives.

Many will have dangerous and risky operations in a quest to be happy. But botox and plastic surgery will never make anyone happy.

Everyone need to be happy with who they are and how they look like, first and foremost.

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May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave
Lol, the title of the article is funny.
May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteressay help
Children’s beauty pageants have been around for years. Some moms have intervened with the looks of their child by giving them fake hair and fake teeth, among other things. The majority of them would not even think about injecting their children with Botox. Evidentally, at least one mom did. It just goes too far for any mom to inject their child with botox, especially for superficial reasons. http://panicattacksandanxiety.laurakatzenberg.com juu1Ath1ch
I believe that young people should be satisfied of their look. Everybody has unique beauty why undergo botox. Thanks for sharing this.

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February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIsabel Machado
Imagine if the education system incorporated nutrition into their plan. Problem solved. Nutrition and cooking is one of the most important things in life and is usually disregarded as a valuable lesson in life. Girls only a generation or two ago would learn from a very young age about foods. It seems to me that despite their being more variety these days, people often take the easy route of eating processed foods full of saturated fats. If people had more nutritional education there wouldn't be so much need for surgery.
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April 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthestrone
Some people are just naturally thin, or they lead a lifestyle which involves a lot of cardiovascular workout and/or a decent diet. The argument that some people inherit shapes from their parents isn't always true. People often copy their parent's diet and lifestyle so becoming a similar shape. Of course some people do have medical issues but most people if they wanted could avoid surgery with a bit of guidance. Only go under the knife as a last resort.
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April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames
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Nobody should let their daughters undergo a plastic surgery without consulting a psychologist first. There is an emotional condition known as "body dysmorphic disorder" that should be ruled out and treated whenerver necessary. Otherwise, she might regret it later on, when it is already too late because the plastic surgery has already been completed. And many of these surgeries have been known to go wrong. If that is already the case, visit http://panic-attack-treatmentv.com/".
August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Estrada

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