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I wish I looked like that Does this sound familiar Millions of images everyday are pressuring teens today to be slimmer taller and stronger No wonder more and more teens have a bad self-image of themselves and are willing to do anything to get the perfect body The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons says that the numbers of teenagers getting cosmetic surgery has more than doubled in the last few years with the most popular surgeries as rhinoplasty nose surgery breast augmentation liposuction and otoplasty ear surgery Surgery is not the only way teenagers are working for the perfect body eating disorders are becoming more frequent The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that by college as many as 45 to 8 of girls have had bulimia an eating disorder associated with binging and purging and severe weight loss Also 1 in every 100 women is diagnosed with anorexia an eating disorder characterized by low calorie intake and extreme exercise in order to lose weight The complications of these disorders can cause seizures fatigue irregular heartbeat slower breathing rate and has been linked to at least 1000 deaths per year Though eating disorders are usually associated with females it is projected that over one million teenage boys also suffer from these disorders Along with the obsession for a thin slim body having a well-sculpted muscular body is another aspiration for most teenagers In 2001 over 400000 teenage boys reported that they were steroid users even though the drugs are illegal in the US Steroids are used to enhance their muscles and strength but in the end steroids can cause severe mood swings paranoia delusions impaired judgment heart attack cancer liver disease and has lead to many other complications as well as suicide With all these risks then why would anyone gamble their health on such a superficial cause The image of the perfect body has been instilled in
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