August 8, 2007, - 3:39 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Last fall, I ridiculed a Canadian government-funded university study that found that women with breast implants are more likely to commit suicide. I–and you intelligent readers–could have told them that for half the money.
Well, now, the American-based Annals of Plastic Surgery publishes a similar study of Swedish women in its Annals of Plastic Surgery, but with even more stark results.
While last year’s study by Canadian Universite Laval Favulty of Medicine and the Public Health Agency of Canada found that women with implants were 73% more likely to commit suicide, the plastic surgery medical journal found that women with implants were three times–or 300%–more likely to commit suicide.
I’ll repeat what I wrote last fall:
That’s no surprise, since it’s quite likely that if you surgically sew large foreign objects inside your chest, you probably have little self-worth–and the operation won’t change that. . . .
The obvious point that we made above–that women who get implants are more likely to have low self-esteem (and to be mentally ill)–is the conclusion of the researchers. The implants are just another manifestation of Darwin Award winning female material.
Which money was less well-spent–the money for this useless study or the few thousand for the implants that still didn’t stop natural selection from taking place?
Looks like doctors authoring this study agree with part of my take:
Though the study did not look at the reasons behind the suicides, senior author Joseph McLaughlin, a professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said he believed that many had psychological problems before getting implants and that their conditions did not improve afterward.
Previous studies have shown that as many as 15% of plastic surgery patients have body dysmorphic disorder, a condition marked by severe distress over minor physical flaws. People with the disorder have a higher rate of suicidal thoughts and rarely improve after surgery.
The thing is, doctors who read this magazine, Annals of Plastic Surgery, are, obviously plastic surgeons. How many will now quite performing boob jobs because they now know their patients are more likely to kill themselves?
Very few, I’d bet. Watch for mass quantities of Silicone Valleys to continue to be created via the scalpel.
Question: Since the researchers on this study are Americans and mostly at publicly-funded American universities, how much of our tax money went to fund this silly study and exercise in the obvious? None of the reports I’ve read say.
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