Is Barbie A Good Idol For Young Girls?

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Since when was it okay for young girls to stave themselves to have the non-realistic figure Barbie has?
Barbie was first introduced to the world in 1959 by toy company Mattel.Inc. In the first year that Barbie was on the market 350,000 dolls were sold.
Barbie in the recent years has been criticised for her unrealistic 'perfect' figure, her vast collection of clothes and accessories, and her ' dream home’. Young girls are surrounded by Barbie dolls at a very young age. Barbie media states that the average 3-6 year old girl owns 12 Barbie dolls. This is a great deal of Barbie’s for a 3-6 year old, at that age children's brains are still developing, if young girls minds are focused on these stick thin dolls, it could influence them to starve themselves in later life to look like Barbie.
Many children and teenagers suffer from eating disorders. Anorexia and bulimia are seriously life threatening diseases that claim the lives of many girls every year. According to Ilona Burton from the Independent “hospitals across England recorded 2,290 admissions, with 55% of those being between the ages of 10 and 19, and only 9% were male". These are colossal numbers, 55% of girls between 10 - 19! Barbie dolls may not be fully to blame but they do play a part in these numbers. Girls are brought up in a world where skinny ‘perfect’ Barbie’s are advertised everywhere, on the TV, in magazines and in shops. If these young girls’ eyes and mind are focused on unrealistically thin dolls from a young age then it will influence their decisions on what food they will eat, and not eat. Galia Slayen who had previously suffered from anorexia built a life-size Barbie, during her research she found out that if Barbie were human “ she would be 5'9" tall, have a 39" bust, an 18" waist, 33" hips and a size 3 shoe…she'd have to walk on all fours due to her proportions”. If humans were Barbie’s it would be awfully impractical for us to walk around on all fours like dogs. Barbie would “have a BMI of...

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