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Should toy companies start making plus-sized Barbie dolls?

Social networking campaign questions dolls healthy image

Rehabs.com released an infographic around that time as well that outlined the differences between Barbies proportions and an average womans. It revealed that Barbies sizes are smaller

A mocked-up image of a plus-size Barbie beside a traditional Barbie has sparked a debate about the doll´s impact on female body image.
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The Facebook group Plus Size Modeling shared the powerful post a week ago, with the question: ´Should toy companies start making plus-sized Barbie dolls? In all honesty, we want to know...´

Since then, it has generated over 36,000 likes and over 1,800 shares - as well as mostly negative comments from many who felt the plus-size Barbie was an inaccurate representation of curvy women.

One user, Kyle Boise, wrote: "Yeah lets promote poor health and eating habits." The dominant opinion, though, was that that there should be a middle ground. Rather than promoting an exaggerated ´obese´ Barbie, young girls should have a healthy-looking doll that is neither too fat nor too thin.

The image was produced by Worth1000.com rather than Barbie´s manufacturer, Mattel, and so if the company was to consider a plus-size Barbie, it might look very different.

And nor is Worth1000 the first to have considered the concept of a larger doll. Artist Nickolay Lamm, 24, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, created a Barbie-like doll based on CDC measurements of the average 19-year-old woman, and photographed it alongside a traditional Barbie doll. His research into the iconic doll found that if she were to exist as a human, Barbie would weigh about 49kg and would have a BMI of 16.24. This would fit the weight criteria for anorexia. Lamm leveled the same criticism at Barbie that many have offered since the doll’s debut — that her unrealistic body proportions present an unattainable standard of beauty for young girls. While we criticize skinny models regularly, dolls may be even more influential to girls’ development of body image standards, he argues.

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