Monday, August 06, 2007

Breast Implants Increase Suicide Risk

"Researchers tracked the suicide rates for 3,527 Swedish women with breast implants over an eight-year period, according to an abstract of the study. Over that period, there were 175 suicide-related deaths for women with breast implants compared to the 133.4 average for a group of women that size."

"The study also found a 3-fold increase in deaths related to suicide, alcohol and drugs, as well as deaths from injuries and accidents for women with breast implants. The increased risk for suicide was not apparent until 10 years after implantation."

Could this be because women who are already predisposed to thinking their bodies (and, by extension, themselves) inadequate might tend to go for this sort of operation? Does the increased attention they get for their bigger mammaries both flatter and depress them?

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  1. Don't fall into the trap that the mainstream media does whenever some random study comes out claiming A, B or C. Idiots from FoxNews to "The Today Show" to Oprah will try to impose a link when there is none.

    I know it's easy to jump on board and say, "See! You men are driving women to get breast implants because you're so boob obsessed!"

    You're right on the money when you suggest that a woman who gets implants is going to be way more unhappy with themselves to start off with than someone who doesn't get implants. And, as a result, they're more likely to commit suicide than someone who likes their appearance (or is at least okay with it).

    Jamming plastic bags full of saline into your chest is an insanely drastic move, and frankly a desperate attempt to change one's self-perception. It doesn't get to the root of why they feel bad about themselves in the first place.

    Studies show that women who go through these operations can end up being MORE depressed, because the expensive and invasive procedure hasn't made them any happier. As Gomer Pyle would say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" If you don't deal with the underlying problems, why the hell would two plastic bags change anything??

    Always the scientific community, the mantra is: "Correlation does not equal causation!"

    The media (and government and courts) never do...