Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Guide to Life

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Guide to Life

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Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE

Pondering on a subject for today's column, thankfully I took my inspiration from my latest visit to BBC Radio Newcastle. I was invited onto Angels of the North, the station's radio version of ITV's Loose Women programme. Along with another panelist, a delightful yoga teacher called Louise, we were asked to interact with the presenter and comment on several news items, including the Liberal Democrats wish to ban airbrushing on magazine covers, and the fact that Ulrika Johnson has recently had an estimated pounds 11,000 body makeover for a breast reduction operation. We were asked whether we thought it was right that Ulrika should go public on her decision to have cosmetic surgery, given that many young girls are now wanting breast enlargements or reductions.

Frankly I don't think it is our business to comment on whether anyone in the public domain opts for cosmetic surgery. What I find so sad however, is that anyone would feel the need for any reason to have operations to change their image. Even sadder than that is that anyone would feel the need to do this in order to maintain or generate their income. The issue of just how acceptable retouching photographs that run in glossy and fashion magazines is has long been on the table, with both pro and con sides giving the dispute their best arguments. As of now, no form of middleway has yet been found, but Liberal Democrats are finally making a move in the direction of trying to ban the procedure in all magazines and ads directed at youngsters under 16, BBC News says.

Some of my columns invoke stronger reactions from readers than others. Last time I wrote about the subject of image, I commented on natural beauty, and that it isn't just women that are affected by their feelings about the way they look. Sadly very young girls now have issues with the way they look, with an estimated six out of ten teenage girls thinking they would be happier if they were thinner. …

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