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Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411

Beauty At Any Cost

YWCA USA has produced a new report called "Beauty at Any Cost" and is teaming up with filmmaker Darryl Roberts to distribute his documentary film called "America the Beautiful" to raise awareness about the costs of our culture's obsession with beauty.

This new report portrays our obsession with beauty as a lifelong burden taking a terrible toll on young girls and women in this country. The report shows an alarming increase in toxic cosmetic use, cosmetic surgery, as well as more perceived appearance-based job discrimination, and decreases in self-esteem and healthy interpersonal relationships.

The report and discussion guide can be accessed at the YWCA web site.

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.