I can’t believe how disproportionate Barbie is as a life-sized doll! I had no idea. I always had Barbie’s when I was younger and thought she was beautiful and sort of represented the ideal girl. I mean – she had ken, and a car, and a dream house, and nice clothes, AND was skinny and tall… I wonder how many other girls thought the same?
Seeing her now though I am not jealous, but I am worried. I am worried about how many girls were influenced by her ‘beauty’ without knowing just how unattainable her body type actually is… because it’s impossible!
An awesome girl named Galia Slayen started the ‘Get Real Barbie Campaign’ at school in 2011 and has been working hard to spread the word since. She started the campaign as part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEWAD) at her high school and even missed her semi-formal dance at school for it. Now that is someone to look up to!
What is even more crazy is some of the stats, and how the project took off, outlined further in her huffington post article:
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 menstruate.
- BMI is a measurement used to determine what a healthy weight is for your height as an adult. Taller women can weigh more than their shorter friends and still be at the same healthy weight for their body. A healthy BMI is between 18.5-24.9, but it is important not to get caught up in numbers.
- 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.”
Information like this is important to remember all year around if you are ever feeling down on yourself. Remember that what you think is ‘beautiful’ may actually be extremely unhealthy. February 1-7th is Eating Disorder Awareness week and there are many great resources that can offer more information and support:
Think you may suffer from an eating disorder? Make an appointment with your doctor to be referred to the AHS eating disorder clinic here in Calgary.