Jul 132015

I have been watching a marathon of a show called “Botched“. Basically, it is people who want or need cosmetic surgery after having a bad previous experience or some type of actual need.

It makes me sad.

Sad that so many people in the United States get plastic surgery electively each year.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) today released its complete 17th annual multi-specialty statistical data indicating a 12% overall increase in cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2013. More than 11 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed by board-certified plastic surgeons, dermatologists and otolaryngologists in the United States, totaling more than 12 billion dollars for the first time since the Great Recession began in 2008. Of that total, more than 7 billion was spent on surgical procedures and more than 5 billion was spent on nonsurgical procedures.

This year, liposuction replaced breast augmentation as the most frequently performed surgical procedure with a 16% increase and more than one billion was spent on the procedure nationwide.

 The top five surgical procedures were:
Liposuction (363,912 procedures, up 16.3%)
Breast augmentation (313,327 procedures, down 5.2%)
Eyelid surgery (161,389 procedures, up 5.4%)
Tummy tuck (160,077 procedures, up 2.3%)
Nose surgery (147,966 procedures, up 2.9%

I find these numbers heartbreaking. To be so upset by your looks that you need to spend that kind of money and risk your life with surgery and toxins etc is simply sad. I realize that some surgeries are necessary, we see burn victims who need reconstructive surgery, we have seen people who have had broken noses who need to have a nose surgery so that they can breathe properly. Even getting a tummy tuck can be a necessary surgery if you have lost a lot of weight and have an apron of skin preventing you from living your life to the fullest, or a breast reduction because of back pain and strain.

I am not saying that these surgeries are never needed, I am saying that it is sad that so many people choose to change the beauty that God naturally has given them when there is no medical reason to do it.

Yet right here, in our own countries and continent we could put that money to good use, money to plant food, create jobs, help those with medical care, help people become educated and the list goes on. The poverty in the US is staggering considering it is supposed to be the best country in the world. (I think Canada is but I am a bit biased!)

Hunger persists in the U.S: {Source}

38.2 million people—including 14 million children—live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger. This represents more than one in ten households in the United States (11.9 percent). This is an increase of 1.9 million, from 36.3, million in 2003.

3.9 percent of U.S. households experience hunger. Some people in these households frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for a whole day. 10.7 million people, including 3 million children, live in these homes.

8.0 percent of U.S. households are at risk of hunger. Members of these households have lower quality diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. 27.5 million people, including 10.6 million children, live in these homes.

Research shows that preschool and school-aged children who experience severe hunger have higher levels of chronic illness, anxiety and depression, and behavior problems than children with no hunger.

So, what if we stop changing our appearance and instead start feeding the skin-and-bones child who can’t find a crumb to eat or get the mother who has been left with children an education. Why don’t we take care of our veterans, the children who are just another file in an underfunded child protection agency. Why don’t we use that money that we spend on being vain to change the people in our communities, our towns, states/provinces and countries. Why not buy the man on the corner a sandwich instead of buying ourselves a 30 dollar lip gloss or donate to kids sports for families who can’t afford it to get the kids off the couch and into the community?

Every day we each make a choice about what is necessary in our lives and what isn’t. How about we aim for a less is more life and live simply so that others can simply live?

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