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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 statics 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 decade The Plastic Surgeons Association advises women to wait until theyre at least eighteen years old before considering cosmetic surgery Although children under
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