Beauty Fact

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Learn some staggering facts behind the beauty obsession, and see just how far some will go to attain it.


It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men.

Approximately 90-95% of anorexia nervosa sufferers are girls and women (American Psychiatric Association, 1994).

Anorexia nervosa typically appears in early to mid-adolescence is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

Between 0.5-1% of American women suffer from anorexia nervosa.

About 20% to 40% of fashion models are currently experiencing an eating disorder.

Between 5-20% of individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa will die. The probabilities of death increases within that range depending on the length of the condition.

Facial Feminization

There are estimated to be about 5,000 transsexual people in the UK. The global prevalence of people who would be classified as transsexual is believed from various studies to be about 1 in 11,500 adults.

A study done on the late 90s actually demonstrated 25% of people seeking facelifts actually were diagnosed with narcissistic syndrome.

Statistics on the number of transgender people are hard to find. Some data suggest that roughly one in 30,000 adult males and one in 100,000 adult females seek gender-reassignment surgery. Marie Eve Baron, of the Association des transsexuels et transsexuelles du Quebec, says Montreal's transgender community numbers about 3,000, not counting people who have not or don't plan to have surgery.

There's no standardized screening for psychological problems in people attending cosmetic surgeons, or other cosmetic specialists and I think that's problematic because I know in the states at least fifteen, up to fifteen percent of people going to cosmetic surgeons have body dysmorphic disorder.

The average un-enhanced breast size is 36C to a 36D.

Cosmetic Surgery

People age 35-50 had the most procedures – over 4.5 million and 45 percent of the total. People age 19-34 had 22 percent of procedures; age 51-64 had 26 percent; age 65-and-over had 6 percent; and age 18-and-younger had almost 2 percent.

Americans spent almost $11.8 billion on cosmetic procedures (in 2007). Figures may not add exactly to totals and percentages may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

According to Nation Master Health Statistics, 66.2 people in every 100,000 have had plastic surgery in Australia, which puts (Australian's) seventh on the ladder when it comes to going under the knife. That's 12 places higher than the US, who come in at 19th.

According to the statistics reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in early 2008, the trend toward breast augmentation had been on a steady increase since 1992. That report showed a stunning increase from 32,607 breast augmentations in 1992, to 315,616 in 2006, followed by 332,880 in 2007.

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