For her latest birthday, Poppy Burge received a voucher for breast implants. This Christmas, she got a voucher for liposuction in her stocking.
Why vouchers? Because Poppy is only 7 years old.
According to the Daily Mail, Poppy’s mother, 51-year-old Sarah — who is referred to as “surgery obsessed” is known as the Human Barbie — says that the surgical enhancement vouchers are “investing in her future.” The Daily Mail has more on Sarah’s thoughts on the controversial gifts:
“I put the voucher in her stocking – there’s nothing wrong with that,” she said.
“She asks for surgery all the time. She wants to look good and lipo is one of those procedures that will always come in handy.”
Dr. Manny Alvarez writes on the health implications of surgery obsession in this case for Fox News, stating that Sarah’s addiction for plastic surgery could be passed onto her daughter:
As with most addictions, excessive reconstructive surgery comes with serious physical risks like wound breakdown, nerve damage, abnormal scar formation and chronic pain. I believe that plastic surgery should only be considered on patients that truly need it and have had an informed conversation with their physician, who should be fully accredited to receive these procedures.
I don’t know if Burge is looking for publicity, but she needs to understand that what she is doing could permanently damage her child. Not only because this child could become another plastic surgery addict like her mother, but because one day, as an adult, she might go online and see exactly what her mother was doing to her at the age of seven and realize that her life and her future were not being protected.
Alvarez uses this story as an example to also draw attention to body image issues at increasingly younger ages. Last week, we reported that children as young as 3 years old have been seen for eating disorders in one area of the U.K.