Curves to die for? Or a fatal attraction too far


TWENTY year-old Claudia Aderotimi’s recent death from a Jennifer-Lopez style “buttock enhancement” procedure got me thinking about what women – and men – are prepared to pay for the sake of self-improvement. A recently published book on America’s $88bn anti-ageing industry concluded that millions face serious health problems caused by the gurus of unregulated Botox, HRT, vitamin supplements and dietary crazes.

Now, I’m not sure but I think we’re allowed to get older but we’re not supposed to look as though we are. Is that right? Do the Botoxers and face-filler folk actually know that we know that they’ve been cheating? The problem for people who’ve had excessive Botox, you see, is that they don’t look younger, just weirder. Think Katie Price. Or someone trapped in a lift for a week with Dale Winton.


To use a car-repair analogy: You restore the coachwork, making it shiny, bright and perfect, so the 70-year-old vintage car looks like it’s just rolled off the production line. But for the engine etc, you just change the oil and use a few untested additives that you pour into the petrol tank or other orifices – additives that you cannot see work as they are, supposedly, doing their job on the inside. But the wear and tear of daily driving is still taking its toll. You don’t replace worn or broken parts. You have a beautiful, new-looking car (or what plastic surgery clients must think, regardless how they actually look), but the mechanics are just as shot to hell as those of other cars of its age.

With a real car, you can replace parts as it ages. This isn’t yet totally possible – or even legal, probably – for humans, even with the most advanced gene, stem-cell, cloning technology.

You are born, you grow up, with luck you get old . . . then you die. That’s life. You’re not going to change it by getting the best paint-job money can buy let alone cut-rate procedures like the one Claudia paid for with her life.

A friend worked in a care home with ultra-oldsters. Most were housewives. Low stress, low industrial toxic exposures, affectionate family interaction. I truly believe stress is a major factor in disease and death, and stress reduction combined with caloric restriction will eventually prove to be one of the ultimate longevity boosters.

And to think you could be run over by a bus as you cross the road to that plastic surgery clinic!

Nora Johnson’s novel, The De Clerambault Code ( available at Amazon. Profits to Cudeca


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