As the world turns, our perception and the way we see the world changes. We are in a constant state of flux, along with the world itself, and sometimes because the changes that are occurring are so gradual, we don’t really pay much attention. Many cultures differ from others in terms of how they look at and regard beauty, and the spectrum is quite vast. The standard for beauty among those from Anglo-European backgrounds has changed a lot since the renaissance even. If you’ve ever looked at, studied or seen any of Michelangelo’s works, you’ll see that a voluptuous and full-figured woman was the standard of beauty then, and having a little belly was often considered one of their best and most sought after features. You don’t need to look any further than at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City to see my point, you won’t see a single, skinny woman depicted anywhere on that ceiling, of which there are many. Now, there are still many men and woman who prefer this look today, but the amount of people who feel that way are far outnumbered by those who prefer a fit, taught and toned body.
The standard has changed, as things do, and a woman’s body is objectified and judged as much or more than just about anything on this planet, and unfortunately for many of them, this is unfair. But, I believe that we’ve all been taught since an early age that life isn’t fair and that we need to take our lumps just like everyone else. And besides, obstacles and unjust things that happen only builds character, as Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes’ father would say. So, that belly that used to be something that a woman and man revered, something that the most famous painters of all time were so deeply inspired by, is no longer as our carb-conscience, and work-out crazed society continues to evolve. Now, a multi-billion dollar industry exists because of it, and if that stubborn belly fat isn’t going away, then a medical spa would be more than happy to help you with that.
Women have got it pretty rough and for most of history, that’s always been the case. They’re the ones burdened with the physical act of bearing children and it’s them and their bodies that suffer for it, not the man’s. A man is capable of doing his reproductive part for almost his entire life, however a woman giving birth around or over the age of forty is considered dangerous and isn’t recommended. With each year that a woman gets closer to the age of forty, the percentage of women who experience complications with child-birth increases. Women in Hollywood seem to be doing it all the time though, but they’ve got the best doctors in the world at their disposal and that in itself, makes a huge difference. Liposuction and body contouring are services that a cosmetic doctor or surgeon can perform to remove fat and the appearance of cellulite from many different parts of the body. Stubborn belly fat and build-up around the buttocks, thigh and sometimes even ankles, are often specific places that are targeted for these kind of services. Have you ever heard of the term “cankles”? Well, it is a cruel way of describing someone’s lower legs that lack definition between their calves and ankles. Many women, and men even, are very self-conscience about this and because it’s often hereditary and there’s rarely anything that you can do about it from frequenting the gym often and specifically targeting that area, people opt for the surgical procedure that will resolve it for them.
Everyone wants to feel good about themselves, and hopefully we all do the work that we need to on the inside so that when we shift our focus to the outside, we’re becoming a more well-rounded person in the process, no pun intended. Many people regard medical aesthetics as something positive, others have a different opinion about it. Well, everyone has their opinions and we all have the right to voice them, but we should always put ourselves in someone else’s shoes before we place judgment upon others. We don’t know what everyone has been through or the motivating factors behind their actions, so it’s probably in our best interest to live and let live. We only need to focus on ourselves and those who we care about, and regardless of the changing perceptions of beauty in this country and this world, it’s important to feel good on the inside. But, there’s not anything wrong with people who want to change something that they’re uncomfortable with on the outside. Just try to put yourself in their shoes and understand that it might be easier for you to do that if their shoes are easier to slip into because of their cankles.