What is your opinion of the new “healthy” Barbie doll?

When I heard the news that the original “perfect” Barbie doll was being redesigned to resemble a doll with a typical and normal appearance, my first thought was, “Finally!  Thank goodness!”

I still can’t forget the thoughts that filled my head throughout my childhood when I recall the iconic toy, Barbie.  I would always wonder why my body did not look anything like hers, often becoming upset since I was led to believe that I didn’t live up to society’s standards. I now understand the standard she set was unrealistic, but that knowledge know didn’t help me as a kid.

I wonder how many young girls felt the same way as I did back then?

I wonder how many still do?

Learning that a new version of Barbie has been created by Nickolay Lamm, one that is considered more average when proportioned by the measurements used by the Centers for Disease Control made me smile big time!   Lamm used a 3D printer and photoshop, thus creating an average sized 19-year-old Barbie, one that is not so tall and skinny, but a doll that looks healthy.  He wanted to show that average is beautiful. I say kudos to you Lamm!

Maybe someday in the future, the average and healthy looking Barbie doll will be seen on store shelves.  I know I would purchase one, just for the fact that it would erase beliefs that have stayed with me since my childhood.

“If normal Barbie can be made, I feel she’ll have a more positive influence on girls than Barbie in its current form,” Lamm wrote. “Normal Barbie shows that you are beautiful, just the way you are.”

And this new Barbie may also have the ability to do something else, lower the rates of eating disorders.  That is an opinion that is shared by actress and recording artist Demi Lovato.  She actually called the new Barbie “awesome” on Twitter this week along with also making notes of Barbie’s noticeable traits. Demi Lovato   developed an eating disorder at a young age and is concerned about the young girls of today dealing with the same issue.

I have the same concern.   Believing that I didn’t live up to society’s standards because of a doll is just not good.

Feeling beautiful just the way you are is what I hope for young girls of today. That means it’s time for the new Barbie to make her debut.

Do you have an opinion of the new “average” Barbie?

Photo credit: Pringle Hill

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  1. I personally feel that instead of focusing on changing Barbie to be something we want her to be (which we would be up in arms if someone did that to us) we simply accept her for what she is; a toy, and work on creating a culture that recognizes that health comes in all sizes. There are certain habits each of us need to adopt of course to ensure that we are in fact being healthy; eating nutrient dense foods, getting proper and challenging for our fitness level exercise for the recommended amount of time per week, staying hydrated with plenty of water, etc. but leave Barbie out of it. She is a small drop in the bucket compared to what the real problem is, lack of actually changing our own behavior to choosing healthy options instead of whatever is easiest at the time.

    1. Kalea,

      Thank you for your comment regarding the “new healthy Barbie doll.”

      I feel that you gave us many ideas to ponder; one idea of adopting healthier habits surely gets MY VOTE! It sounds as though you truly understand how to live a healthy lifestyle – I think that’s awesome!

      Please visit here daily as we do appreciate insight such as yours.

      Jodi

    2. I agree with your statement about accepting Barbie for what she is . . . a toy. Our adult world is so hung up on diversity and being politically correct, their obsessiveness is turning a child’s toy into an adults way of thinking. This robs the child of growing up naturally and being able to form their own opinions as they develop into adulthood. Our children are being overwhelmed with psychological discussion which ends up being no more than educational guesses. Instead of playing with Barbie we have to analyze her first. How many more toys will be changed because their not politically correct. This is written from a man’s point of view.

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