The year 2023 is already proving to be an interesting year for “body trends.” As ridiculous as it sounds, the popularity of different body types fluctuates throughout decades. In the 90s heroin chic took the runways by storm as teenage girls starved themselves to achieve the unattainable looks of Kate Moss, among other supermodels. More recently, in 2020 Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBLs) were in, some women (and men) went as far as injecting dangerous chemicals into their bodies to plump their derrieres. Despite the label of “most dangerous” plastic surgery procedure, with an alarmingly high mortality rate, people placed their looks above the threat of death.
In 2023 we may think we are beyond these dangerous body augmentations, but this is sadly not the case. Ozempic, a diabetes injectable drug, has caused a new craze between celebrities, wealthy housewives, and even ordinary people.
So, what’s the problem? The problem lies in the fact that the trend has caused people suffering with Diabetes to have a difficult time obtaining the life saving drug. People mindlessly inject themselves to achieve a slim figure, ignoring the fact that the drug can cause various cancers and tumor growths. At what point do we as a society draw the line with unattainable beauty standards? Even commercials for the injection harp on its weight loss properties, overshadowing its intended purpose.
Pharmaceutical companies capitalize off of body dysmorphia to sell things too good to be true. Our bodies are designed to keep us alive, and sure it could be beneficial to eat a little healthier, workout 3-4 times a week, or do your best to look presentable at all times, but ultimately even if you do all of these things religiously, you’ll still be left unsatisfied. Our minds have been conditioned to always want the next best thing, and especially for the rich and famous that yields an infinite list.