So I’m not sure how many of you have seen/read the book Uglies by Scott Westerfeld but it’s a book that I’ve wanted to pick up since it sounds really…

So I’m not sure how many of you have seen/read the book Uglies by Scott Westerfeld but it’s a book that I’ve wanted to pick up since it sounds really interesting. From the summary I read, it’s set in the future where everyone undergoes extreme cosmetic surgery to become a “Pretty” and a part of society once they hit sixteen and before that they are labelled as “Uglies”.   I think the whole concept behind it is very interesting and it made me think — is physical appearance really that important? What would happen if this scenario actually occurred with the advancements in technology in the present? There’s already an increasing desire to become “pretty” under social standards and this has led to many health concerns already.   For example, obesity is a problem that must be addressed but when a 90-lb, 5’4″ girl says she is fat and needs to lose more weight — there’s some problems with that since losing any more weight would probably (1) lead to more health problems and (2) won’t make her look any better anyways because personally, I think TRYING to become overly skinny is like trying to turn yourself into a skeleton. Everyone has their good points and bad points – have some self-esteem!   – Vivian