'I needed to be perfect for her': How one mother's 'obsession' with plastic
surgery tarnished teenage daughter's self-image
20:13 GMT, 29 March 2012
A new television show has shown
how one mother’s 'obsession' with plastic surgery has affected her teenage
daughter's own self-image.
The six-part Discovery Fit and Health series, titled My Mom Is Obsessed, tells the story of Susan from Grosse Ile Township, Michigan
and her 13-year-old daughter Analise.
The youngster was brought to tears over the multiple
cosmetic procedures her mother had undergone.
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Distraught: Susan's daughter Analise, 13, was so concerned over her mother's desperate beauty regime that she confronted her in tears. She told the Today show she felt pressure to be perfect
Analise told the Today show this morning: 'I felt, like, a lot of pressure.
I felt like I needed to be perfect for her because I want her to be proud of
A clip from the show shed more light on how her mother's image-consciousness upsets her. She admitted: 'One of my greatest fears is that my mom is
going to get so much plastic surgery… It's changing her on the outside, I'm afraid
it’s going to change her on the inside.'
She was also shown telling her mother through tears: 'You’re
going to look different and [if you] look different, you act different.’
Damaging: Susan's desire to look perfect took its toll on her daughter. Although she has only undergone one plastic surgery procedure, her daughter worried it was only the beginning of a downward spiral
But her mother's reaction was more defensive than anything else.
She is seen responding to Analise's tears with: 'I'd like it if you could be more supportive.'
Susan now appears to have taken control of her obsession
since the episode was filmed.
She told Today: 'I had such a
negative opinion of the way I looked and placed so much importance on my
appearance… that was not the message I wanted to send to my daughter.'
But signing up for three facial procedures and one more
serious plastic surgery procedure turned out to be the exact message she had
Unhappy: Analise said she feared that her mother's external changes would change the person she was inside
The show also featured shopaholic Monica and her 16-year-old daughter Kaley.
The mother, from Redondo Beach, California, had spent so much money on clothes that the teenager
feared they would lose possession of their home.
Kaley said it took her a while to realise how harmful
her mother's behaviour was to her own well-being.
'I didn’t notice it until later on because this was all I
had really known,' she said.
Influence: Monica's daughter Kaley was worried about her mother's spending habits which pulled her into serious debt. The family risked losing their home as a result of Monica's shopping addiction
'But when it came to the point where it was scary to open
mail and stuff like that, it became obvious to me we needed to do something.'
Monica told Today that her shopping habits stemmed back over 'decades'
and that she had never realised the impact her behaviour had on Kaley.
She said: 'It really hit home… I had to do something about it.'
My Mom Is Obsessed premieres on Discovery Fit and Health on Thursday, 29 March at 10pm EST