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Barbie gets a makeover

By Mavis Brown

A standard Barbie doll is 11.5 inches tall, giving a height of 5 feet 9 inches in human measurements. Barbie’s vital statistics have been estimated at 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips). According to research by the University Central Hospital in, Helsinki Finland, she would lack the 17 to 22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate. Since they first came out, Barbie dolls have given young girls the idea that this body image is achievable, when, without surgery it is impossible and unhealthy in all aspects.

This issue with Barbie’s giving girls a false perception of a realistic body image has been addressed more in recent years with moms repainting the dolls to take off their makeup, and even companies making dolls that are realistic sizes.

However, now there are also instances where they’ve made overweight Barbies which also gives young ladies the idea that an unhealthy weight is okay to obtain. So whether or not you support Barbies, it’s up to you.

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