Not Duped!

 My daughter will not be a victim of this modern notion that if you’re thin then you are beautiful. Everyday in our lives we are bombarded with lots of advertisements from plastic surgeries, to diet pills, smart liposuction, breast augmentation, nose job, neck lift, tummy tuck… the list goes on and the more that women and kids are exposed to this kind of deceiving advertisements on beauty products consumerism. 

I don’t want my daughter to be duped to this kind of misconception. I want her to live her life as happy as she’d be, as simple as she’d be and as healthy as she could be. I don’t want her to be under the power of a knife just to polish some of her body parts just to achieve that perfect look. Talk about the fatal effects of this hype on keeping our body toned and beautiful in a quick yet pricey manner and the scary results on bulimia and anorexia nervosa and some other eating disorder diseases. 

Do you think you’re doing your body something good. Of course, yeah, you’ll be a goddess of beauty but inside your body they are degenerating; complications arises in worst case scenarios. Take for example the models who’ve passed away like the Brazilian Model Ana Carolina Reston last Nov. 15, 2006 and the most recent Israeli model Hila Ilmalich who died just this Nov. 14, 2007. They are both victims of anorexia nervosa.”Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes an eating disorder characterized by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Individuals with anorexia often control body weight by voluntary starvation, purging, vomiting, excessive exercise, or other weight control measures, such as diet pills or diuretic drugs. It primarily affects adolescent females, however approximately 10% of people with the diagnosis are male. Anorexia nervosa is a complex condition, involving psychological, neurobiological, and sociological components.”  

~ Definition taken from Wikipedia~

 The pressure is very tight as you see sexy women in the TV, print ads, magazines, newspapers but is it worth your life? I guess no! I’m happy with my cup A which progressed to cup B while breast feeding Sean and I know it’ll will again go back to its normal size, talk of depreciation but I’m so uberly happy that I gave him my milk rather than synthetically made formula milk. Even though I still have a bulging tummy due to giving births to my two adorable kids but I’ll manage with it through exercise which I’m going to do (again!). And I’m happy with my color and my nose so DR. Vicky Belo and Dr. Calayan will not have a share of my savings. 

I have a story of an acquintance who had undergo a nose job. And she did not tell her friends including myself about it. Funny thing happened while we were in the airport as we accompany our friends in the departure area at first i saw her hubby with a kid. I happily approached tito Y and asked where’s tita X. As he led me to the area where his family are sitting I can’t find Tita X. And a middle aged lady approach me whom I did not know but she’s with the daughter of my acquaintance. To make the story short, it was a big surprise to me that the lady who approached me was actually tita X. See if you’re going to undergo some nose job, do tell your friends or else you’ll not be noticed at all. Okay she looked better than her usual self but my only observation was her nose seemed to be bigger than the old one, only that it’s more pointed. And totally it made her look differently that I hardly noticed her. And imagine this I’ll go home for a vacation and when I come back my husband, my kids and my friends won’t recognize me anymore:) Never! 

Love your body, nourish it and be healthy. Acceptance is the only solution then you’ll be happy with yourself. Take care of your body and boost your self-esteem. Everyone is beautiful that’s why we are all uniquely made. Sometimes we just focus on our outer shell, our appearance but do we ask ourselves how we look in the inside? Are you beautiful in the inside?

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