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School girls want plastic surgery - PAU 2013 País Vasco inglés resueltaBritish youngsters are more and more image-conscious and they decide to undergo plastic surgery in growing numbers. The Observer found many clinics admitting to having given breast implants to girls of 15 and 16.
Sandra’s story is typical. At 17, she cannot yet marry without parent’s consent, buy alcohol, or vote. But she prides herself on her silicone-enhanced breasts in front of her jealous friends. “I feel more confident now and wear low tops.” The operation cost her father £2,450. She thinks he paid it to irritate her mother, from whom he is separated. Sandra is among an estimated 65,000 Britons who have cosmetic surgery each year. Out of these, 20 per cent will need corrective surgery later. There are risks in adolescents having surgery before they have stopped growing. A surgically reduced nose, for example, may deform as it grows. Even so, Dr. Eileen Bradbury, a psychologist from London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, explained that we should not demonise cosmetic surgery because it can be of enormous help to those people who would otherwise be terribly unhappy. But the problem is that children today face a sense of competition in looking as good as possible. “Even the boys” – she said- “You can’t just be a great footballer, you have to look like Beckham too.” Plastic surgery seems to be a business without ethical limits to make a profit. Some plastic surgery clinics offer free consultation and do not discuss the potential risks this kind of operations might have. However, they do discuss credit card payments and offer discounts for two procedures (nose job and liposuction) done at once. This information does not surprise Ann Clywd, a Labour Member of Parliament who has been a long-time activist for clinic regulation. She believes that young girls are particularly vulnerable to sales techniques and that a lower age limit for plastic surgeon operations should be set.

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READING COMPREHENSION

I.- Answer questions 1-4 according to the information given in the text. USE YOUR OWN WORDS. DO NOT COPY FROM THE TEXT
1. Why do young girls want to undergo plastic surgery in Britain? 
2. According to Sandra, why did her father pay for her plastic surgery operation?
3. Why does Dr. Eileen Bradbury think that we should not demonise cosmetic surgery?
4. In relation to plastic surgery, what is Ann Clywd fighting for?

II.- Are these statements True or False? Justify your answers based on information from the text, rewriting the original sentences in your own words or quoting properly.
1. Nowadays there are more British youngsters who want to undergo plastic surgery.
2. In some clinics, it is cheaper if you undergo a nose job and a liposuction at the same time.

III.- Find the words or expressions in the text that mean
1. places in which patients are given medical treatment or advice, also private hospitals: clinics (p.1, line2)
2. permission given to someone to do something by a person who has authority: consent (p.2, line 1)
3. costing nothing; provided without charge: free (p.4, line 2)
4. weak and without protection with the result that you are easily hurt: vulnerable (p.4, line 7)

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