Beauty Over Health? How Foolish!

Just the other day, a co-worker was telling me she needed to get a new set of contact lenses. She felt her current set was too scratched up already.

I have never worn contact lenses, but the thought of wearing them does not sound pleasing at all. So I asked her if she had ever considered getting laser corrective eye surgery.

Her response was: “Yeah, but it’s too expensive!” I raised my eyebrows in surprise and said “I hear it’s not that expensive anymore. Approximately $500 if I’m not mistaken!” She said: “You’re right. It really isn’t all that expensive. I’d rather save the money and get a tummy tuck!”

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Thinking she was joking, I started laughing out loud. I understand someone not wanting to get corrective lazer eye surgery because of the risks involved (which – from what I understand – are pretty much non-existent), but getting a $10,000 liposuction instead?! That was more pathetic than anything I had ever heard.

You’re probably thinking she is a large – obese – lady, but nothing could be further from the truth. She is naturally beautiful and is in incredible shape – especially considering she is the proud mother of two young children.

She quickly corrected me and said, “I’m serious!”

I shook my head in disbelief and asked: “Why the hell do you feel the need for a belly tuck?!”

Her response: “I really badly want to start wearing a bikini again!”

two women in ocean bikinis

Health Or Beauty? Or Both?

Personally, I don’t see why she can’t wear a bikini as is, but who am I to convince her of that? If she has issues with her self image and lacks self-confidence, is that really my problem? Should I not be so quick to judge? Maybe there are a million reasons she hasn’t told me. I ought to be more understanding.

I just couldn’t believe that she’d rather continue to suffer from her eye-sight and instead get a dangerous tummy tuck operation at twenty times the cost. Or if we’re talking about breast enhancement, which isn’t a far stretch of the imagination from a tummy tuck, what about an inexpensive pill or serum or massage? How foolish can people get? I’m still shaking my large head at that thought.

Random Questions

How does beauty affect your health?

Beauty standards can influence mental health and self-esteem. Societal pressure to conform to certain ideals can impact emotional well-being.

Are beauty standards too unrealistic?

Yes, societal beauty standards often promote unrealistic ideals, causing individuals to pursue extreme measures to fit these expectations.

Are beauty and health connected?

While feeling good about one’s appearance can positively impact mental health, unrealistic beauty standards may lead to unhealthy practices.

Why are beauty standards a problem?

Unrealistic beauty standards can contribute to low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, and potentially drive individuals towards risky cosmetic procedures for validation.

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