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Worries About Physical Appearance

Most people would like to have an attractive physical appearance, but some people
become very worried about the way they look. This can sometimes lead them to do
things that are unhealthy.
For example, many women believe that they must be very thin in order to be attractive.
They see pictures of fashion models who are very thin and then believe that an attractive
woman must look the same way. However, many men prefer the appearance of women
who are not so thin.
In order to become thin, some women try to reduce the amount of food that they eat.
When this is taken to an extreme, a woman might eat far too little food to remain healthy.
Her weight may become dangerously low, as she tries to become thinner and thinner.
This condition is called “anorexia,” and it affects many thousands of women in Western
Anorexia is one of several conditions known as eating disorders. Another eating disorder
is called “bulimia.” A woman who has bulimia will sometimes eat large amounts of food,
but then will try to eliminate the food, by vomiting. This is intended to prevent any weight
gain, but it is also a very unhealthy behavior.
Unfortunately, some women are concerned about being very thin, but some women have
different concerns related to the appearance of their body. For example, some women
believe that their breasts are not large enough, and undergo surgery to enlarge their
breasts. In this surgery, some artificial substance is implanted inside the breast to make
it larger. Many women have had this surgery, but many of them have suffered serious
health problems as a result.
In recent years, many men have also become very concerned about their physical
appearance. For example, some men believe that they must become very muscular in
order to have an attractive appearance. To achieve this appearance, some men use drugs
called steroids, which make it possible to gain large amounts of muscle. However,
steroids can have very unhealthy side effects. In addition to drugs, some men have used
surgery to change their physical appearance. For example, some men have had implants
to make their arms, legs, or chest appear larger.
It is unfortunate that so many people feel so unhappy about their physical appearance
and that they do unhealthy things to change the way they look. Of course, everyone
should try to be healthy, but people must also learn to accept their physical appearance.
Many different body types can be attractive, and there is no single ideal body type. There
is no need to use unnatural methods of changing one’s body.