posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 06:45 PM
I was browsing my local reading sites and came across this heartwarming story; at least it is heartwarming to me. I know as I grew up I had an Aunt
with a food disorder of anorexia and then my mother was an over eater. They are both in a way a pandemic of today’s world of the child who must be a
size 2 to be considered pretty or acceptable in certain area. I have children of my own and have suffered many ends of the spectrum of fighting the
never ending battle that is in your mind when you have to put food in proportion and correctly in your life if that makes sense. I know that these
conditions do not just affect the females of the world but also the males, it is a universal condition. It is wonderful to see someone who not only
over came and still fights her condition, but also is passing on such a valuable lesson for so many of all generations to see the reality of Barbie in
“ I dressed Barbie in my old clothes. The skirt she still has on today is a reminder of who I once was. That skirt, a size double zero, used to slip
off my waist when I was struggling with anorexia. I put it on Barbie to serve as a reminder that the way Barbie looks, the way I once looked, is not
healthy and is not "normal," whatever normal might mean. My Barbie's role is simple. She grabs the attention of apathetic onlookers and makes them
think and talk about an issue that thrives in silence. In the last four years, Barbie has surpassed my expectations, attracting attention and sparking
conversation among listeners and readers across the nation.”
More "Get Real, Barbie" statistics:*
• There are two Barbie dolls sold every second in the world.
• The target market for Barbie doll sales is young girls ages 3-12 years of age.
• A girl usually has her first Barbie by age 3, and collects a total of seven dolls during her childhood.
• Over a billion dollars worth of Barbie dolls and accessories were sold in 1993, making this doll big business and one of the top 10 toys sold.
• If Barbie were an actual women, she would be 5'9" tall, have a 39" bust, an 18" waist, 33" hips and a size 3 shoe.
• Barbie calls this a "full figure" and likes her weight at 110 lbs.
• At 5'9" tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia. She likely would not
• If Barbie was a real woman, she'd have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.
• Slumber Party Barbie was introduced in 1965 and came with a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs with a book entitled "How to Lose Weight"
with directions inside stating simply "Don't eat."
Just thought it was worth a look to see that good can happen even when the world is falling around us.