Plastic This, Plastic That

Plastic surgery has become a common topic of conversation in my circle of friends. With some already having gone under the knife for nose jobs or breast augmentation, it’s no wonder that changing our bodies is becoming a less taboo topic. Helping this process along is the commonality of reality television shows broadcasting plastic surgery like it’s just another day at Disneyland.

Extreme Makeover premiered in 2002 and is one of the first shows that gave individuals a makeover via plastic surgery. From liposuction to dental work, they did it all to cosmetically enhance the “lucky” chosen one. We can thank Extreme Makeover for paving the way for other shows such as Bridalplasty and The Swan where women are now competing to receive the procedures they want. It showcases plastic surgery as the answer to all our insecurities. If you don’t like it, fix it. Is this really the message we want to be sending our children?

In a recent study by Nabi (2009), she found that young people who watch reality makeover shows and relate to the characters may be more likely to partake in plastic surgery. Some young girls are being so impacted by these shows they begin to feel positively towards getting a procedure done. While we might just look at this as a form of entertainment it is effecting our youth and their body satisfaction.

With their daunting insecurities, we watch the contestants deal with these by getting a quick fix with a nip and a tuck. While some might claim other reasons for undergoing a variety of procedures the underlying tone in all of these shows is that women are so insecure and unsatisfied with their bodies that they have no other choice but to fix it via surgery. Unfortunately, this train of thought is being passed on to the youth of today where a boob job is a common high school graduation present.

Nabi, R. L. (2009). Cosmetic Surgery Makeover Programs and Intentions to UndergoCosmetic Enhancements: A Consideration of Three Models of Media Effects. Human Communication Research, 35(1), 1.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation + Michael Kors

Whether or not you, or someone you know has had breast cancer, it is a disease that looms in the back of all our minds. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Between your grandmother, mother, sisters, and daughters, there is a chance that one person you are close to will suffer from this life threatening disease. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has made it their mission to find a method of prevention and a cure for the disease. With an average of 1 woman dying every 13 minutes from breast cancer, it is an important to help fight against it.

Designers, such as Michael Kors, are finding ways to help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through fashion. Michael Kors was inspired to design a bracelet to help donate money to the foundation that he believes is important. He is donating 100% of the proceeds from the bracelet sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. These $20, yellow, black, or pink leather bracelets will help to find a cure.

Michael Kors is not the only one in fashion to help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Anne Klein, Bloomingdale’s, Hudson Jeans, and Lacoste, just to name a few, have all been involved in giving back to the foundation. Visit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to find out more about corporate partners or how you can be involved in helping research, prevention, or finding a cure for this disease.

Pro-Anorexia Websites: They Might Effect You More Than You Think

There’s a rising trend on the world wide web that you may or may not be familiar with, pro-anorexia websites. These sites are made to support this dangerous eating disorder through having forums, tips and ticks, and “thinspiration.” While you might not be searching for these sites, at some point you may come across them, or even worse, your daughter or son may already be looking at them.

Pro-anorexia websites have been developed for those who believe they choose to be anorexic. They provide an avenue for these people to discuss their habits and find support from others who are going through the same thing. The scary thing is that they do not believe they are suffering from a disease, rather they view anorexia as a lifestyle choice.

These sites can be potentially harmfull for a few reasons.

First, these sites are filled with information on how to be anorexic. You can go on them to find ways to trick friends and family so they don’t know you’re anorexic. You can also learn tips on how to eat only an apple a day and ways to trick yourself into not thinking you’re starving.

Second, “thinspiration.” This is where people on the site post pictures of extremely thin models, actresses, singers, athletes, and even sometimes everyday people. These pictures are to act as inspiration to continue starving yourself to look like them.

Third, even those who are not anorexic are harmed by these sites. Research has found that women who are exposed to these pro-anorexia websites have higher body dissatisfaction after viewing them. They also found that women would also show signs of disordered eating after looking at these sites.

While you might not be personally seeking out pro-anorexia websites, it’s important to be aware of them for you and your child’s sake. You need to know how harmful they can be for yourself or someone else in your family. By talking with your children and being mindful of what they might find on the Internet you can try to protect them from these dangerous sites.

Healthy Heart Leads to a Happy Woman

When you hear about the importance of having a healthy heart, heart attacks might not be the first thing that come to mind. Younger generations may be thinking about a love lost and how that hurt their heart. Older generations may be thinking about just keeping in shape through the hectic life we call adulthood. But how many women think heart attack?

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. Crazy, huh? I bet you thought it was something else. Well the truth is that a large majority of women die from heart disease more than any other disease and this can be at any age. So here are a few tips found on the American Heart Association Website to keeping a healthy heart.

  • Make sure you’re working out and eating right
  • Don’t smoke
  • Drink in moderation
  • Be careful of your birth control
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Know your family history
These are not the only things you should be aware of while trying to keep a healthy heart, but it’s a good start. Any women at any age is susceptible to cardiovascular disease so make sure you’re aware of prevention, signs, and symptoms. And love yourself and your heart!

Stop Domestic Violence with WOMAN, Inc.

Violence against women can be a scary topic. Those who have been involved in domestic violence may find it difficult to talk about or even admit that they have been abused. That is why it is important to know about the available resources in your area that can help those in need. Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc. is a resource available to women in San Francisco and greater Bay Area. With the ultimate goal of eliminating domestic violence, WOMAN, Inc. is an organization all women should be familiar with.

With the objective of empowering survivors and helping them to live a life free of violence, WOMAN, Inc. provides multiple avenues for women to get help and support. A 24-hour crisis line is just the beginning of the services that are provided to women in need. Through support groups, therapy programs, and community education, WOMAN, Inc. tries to help women be free of violence. They even offer a special bilingual program for Latinas.

By fielding over 21,000 crisis phone calls and logging close to 2,000 hours of individual therapy, WOMAN, Inc. is making a change for women. This cannot continue to grow without the help of those who are more fortunate. Whether you have the time to provide volunteer services or the money to donate, anything will help keep this organization fighting against domestic violence.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating visit the WOMAN, Inc. website. You can also visit their Facebook page to find out more about getting involved in this organization. Volunteers and donations help WOMAN, Inc. be able to continue to provide these amazing services. Any contribute will make a difference.