Do you remember Kerry Campbell, the mother who proudly gifted her daughter Britney with botox injections for her eighth birthday last year?
It turns out the botox injections are a regular part of the child’s rigorous beauty routine which also includes waxing. The media exploded when the news hit and the mother-daughter pair even appeared on ABC for an interview.
Latest reports reveal that the mother has lost custody of her daughter and that San Francisco Human Services Agency has launched an investigation into the mother’s actions.
Campbell has defended her use of botox on her daughter and says she does not believe she is endangering her health. However, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of botox on children for cosmetic purposes.
ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser says, “As a doctor, if I’d seen this mother, I would be required to report her to protective services because it’s maltreatment … Any doctor who would give a parent botox to administer to their children should lose their license … there’s not a state where you don’t need to be a licensed doctor or under direct supervision of a doctor to inject this,” Besser said.
Campbell, however, has admitted to injecting her daughter with botox herself.
In addition to the health consequences Britney may face because of her mother’s action, there is also the emotional damage that can be inflicted by the clear message Campbell is sending her daughter by focusing on her physical appearance so heavily.
Logan Levkoff, author of “Third Base Ain’t What it Used to Be: What Your Kids are Learning About Sex Today and How to Teach Them to be Sexually Healthy Adults,” explains this dynamic saying:
“It’s sending a terrible message that her worth and her success in life is measured by her face and her looks. The mother/daughter relationship is so fraught and complicated to begin with. How does this girl grow up knowing that she’s going to constantly seek approval based on this one thing and these unobtainable goals?”
There is already so much pressure for girls to be thin and beautiful, do we really have to add Botox at 8 years old to the mix?
What we need to be doing is building up our girls’ self-esteem so they worry less about their appearance and focus instead on their character and goals.
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