A new threat is rising against our children.
In an apparent bid to enhance teenagers’ and children’s self-esteem, a UK regulator has announced it will soon ban the promotion of body upgrades to these age groups.
Promotion of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures will be barred from billboards, print media, radio and television programmes where under-18s can be affected by them, the UK’s advertising watchdog, the Committee for Advertising Practice (CAP), ruled on Thursday.
Starting from May next year, advertisements of such procedures as breast augmentation or reduction, liposuction, facelifts and nose jobs will be effectively blocked in all media sources aimed at young people or likely to appeal to them. Clinics will also not be able to advertise peels, fillers and teeth whitening products.
Popular social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram, often used by influencers to promote all kinds of body enhancement procedures and beauty products among younger followers, also fall under the new ban. However, it is not clear how the proportion of such age groups among their audiences will be defined.
The move comes in response to concerns that advertising of this kind may be harmful to teenagers, not only due to the risk of medical complications after the procedures, but also because of its negative influence on their mental wellbeing.
Yeah, but, I mean – what about injecting themselves with sterilizing chemicals and then cutting their dicks off?
Isn’t that a lot more dangerous than plastic surgery?