By Betsy Gallup
FYI Barbie has been altered at least three times and at least as recently as '97. They gave Barbie a larger waist and hips in the 90's. I do not know which version of Barbie was referenced in this article. Also, the author isn't intending to imply Barbie is the root cause of ED.
Poor Barbie, she may someday marry Ken, but chances are, they will never have children. Based on research done by Rader Programs, the percent of Barbie's body fat would be so low, she would have ceased to menstruate--that is if she ever started. She has been grossly underweight since the beginning.
If Barbie were a real person, she would be 6' 0", weigh 100 lbs., and wear a size 4. Her measurements would be 39"/19"/33". My four-month-olds' heads measure 17 1/2". She would probably have had to have back surgery from being so top heavy.
The average woman is 5' 4", weighs 145 lbs., and wears between a size 11-14. Her measurements are approximately 36"/30"/41". There is a fifty-fifty chance that she is on a diet right now.
After spending her childhood playing with Barbie, watching models and actresses who stand 5' 11" and weight 117 lbs. sell them on the idea of the perfect body.
Least we forget, you are probably dieting most of her life, complaining how your butt is too big, cellulite is taking over your thighs. No matter how beautiful she thinks her mother is, mom is forever trying to change her body.
Per Time Magazine, there is an 80% chance you have had her on at least one diet by the time she is in fourth grade. Fourth grade. Think about that. She is ten-year-old. She is still playing with dolls. Her body hasn't hit puberty yet. She is learning independence and is developing her own opinions on life. You are prioritizing weight and appearance in her life.
By the time she is in college, her chance of having an eating disorder is 19%. She has put her Barbie doll away. But that image of the perfect body is still with her. No matter how thin she may be, she is still aspiring toward Barbie.
Now what happens when she can't reach that goal?
Statistics courtesy of Eating Disorders Info and ANRED.