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“Plus-Size Barbie” Promotes Obesity, Some Say

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An image of a “plus-size” Barbie has gone viral, and the web has a lot to say about it this week.

Originally part of a 2011 illustration contest on Worth1000.com, the image was shared on Plus-Size-Modeling.com last week, attracting thousands of new viewers. The photo depicts Barbie several sizes larger than she usually is, and while some say a fuller figure isn’t a bad thing, they also don’t want an obese doll giving their children the wrong impression about body image.

“Imo this is horrible. Maybe make her a little fuller,but in no way promote obesity. Triple chins?? Really?? Im a curvy girl,but come on this is ridiculous,” one commenter wrote on Facebook.

The debate over Barbie’s figure is not a new one. Many people have voiced the opinion in the past that the popular doll should have measurements more like an average girl, not an impossibly tiny waist and long legs. In fact, an artist made a 3-D model earlier this year that had the measurements of an average 19-year old woman, and it was a huge hit.

“I created normal Barbie because I wanted to show that average is beautiful,’’ Nickolay Lamm told TODAY.com. “If average-looking Barbie looks this good and if there’s even a chance of Barbie negatively influencing young girls, why not make one?”

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Image: Worth1000.com

“Plus-Size Barbie” Promotes Obesity, Some Say
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  • I Am Sorry

    All this political correctness has gone too far. Our nation is fat as hell and it is neither healthy nor attractive. The average Barbie is not even what the average woman looks like in this country. Not even close!!! Have you been to your local Walmart or Grocery Store. Women are freaking huge! Everyone is huge. Now they have a “Plus-Sized” Barbie???

    I wish someone would do a study about the number of divorces that have occurred because a spouse got fat as hell or the sex stopped in a relationship.

    Our divorce rate has skyrocketed and it correlates directly with two major things that have happened since the 70′s: a) the rise of feminism and b) the rise of weight in America.

    I also think the rise in porn use is because of weight too. The average porn star is tiny and according to databases the average porn girl weighs 117 pounds. The average American woman weighs 167. Guys are looking at porn because those women are simply more attractive than the women they see every day.

    Not saying it is right or wrong. I am just saying that is what is going on. In fact, I think it is all incredibly unhealthy. Look at how unhealthy this nation is from top to bottom. It is insane. Feminism has cause men and women to hate and not trust each other. Both sexes are getting so out of shape. Sex lives are getting screwed up or stopping all together. Then both sexes are turning to porn. Then divorces are happening. It is all freaking connected.

    • No name

      Evil in this country comes from comments like yours.

      • @No Name

        The truth hurts. Nothing that person said is false. In fact, it is quite accurate. Sorry, if the truth bothers you, but that doesn’t change it. Look up the things that person talked about. All of it is pretty much accurate. You really think a guy would be looking at porn if his wife was in shape and having good sex with him all the time? You really think feminism has been good for marriages? You really think we look like we did in the 70s?

        No. I think your ignorance is what is wrong in America today. Being informed is not being evil.

  • Wow

    There are enough women aspiring to become fat asses in this country. Have you been shopping lately? People are huge. Hell, I am overweight by 20 pounds. All of this political correctness has gone too far. It is not okay to be fat. It is unhealthy and unattractive.

    The question I really want to know is why are we getting so damn fat. Yes, I know the internet has millions of people hooked and some people are just lazy. I also know we live to work in this country. In an effort to get “things”, Americans have forgotten to live. Go to a foreign country — any foreign country — yeah the homes are not as fancy, but man they have a lot more free time and freedom. Americans work like dogs to make just a very few people very wealthy.

    But I really have a concern about the foods. My God, 7 year old girls are getting their periods now. Twelve year old girls look freaking 20. And 16 year old girls look like they are in their late 20s. Women look nothing like they did when I was growing up in the 80′s. Absolutely different. Look at the Jenner girls — the two young ones. The 15 and 17 year old. Look at them in bikinis at that age. They look like fully developed women. In fact, I mistook them for fully grown women when I first saw the pictures. At the time, I didn’t realize they were part of the Kardashian clan. I just though they were some random models.

    Something is being put in our food. It isn’t healthy and the evidence is all around us.