Our physical characteristics are, for the most part, beyond our control. But many of us have difficulty accepting our bodies, and we spend a tremendous amount of time and money battling nature. For Americans, "self-improvement" rarely means building our character or increasing our contributions to the world; rather, improving ourselves usually means altering our appearance. Many of us believe that by losing weight or getting a face-lift, we can become better people. We spend billions of dollars in the hope that we can transform ourselves from the outside in.
In reality, the average American woman will never be able to turn herself into a 5'11", 117-pound supermodel, no matter how hard she tries. To achieve the "curvaceously thin" body type - which is rarely seen in real life - we would not only need to starve ourselves, we would have to resort to risky liposuction and breast implants.
Find out more about this book:Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era