Commentary: "health has become secondary to a sexually attractive body"

BMJ. 1999 Nov 27;319(7222):1402.


PIP: This article focuses on the prevalence of cesarean section among upper class women for aesthetic purposes. In Latin America, the national cesarean section rate has risen to 40%, while in the early 1980s the rate was 75% in Brazil. In a survey conducted in the UK, 31% of women obstetricians would prefer to have cesarean section without any medical indication. This could perhaps be due to the obsession of maintaining a sexually appealing body. Health has then become secondary to the production of a sexually attractive body. The role of the medical profession lacks the definitive evidence on the issues regarding concerns of women and choices in childbirth particularly in some countries. The author suggests that the medical community and society should allow the women the choice between major surgery and childbirth.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Body Image*
  • Cesarean Section / psychology*
  • Cesarean Section / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Latin America
  • Physician's Role
  • Pregnancy
  • Women's Health