Our “ideal” image of our bodies is created by our likes, as well as our role models and the media. Researchers generated a computer model of a woman with Barbie-doll proportions; they found that “the woman’s back would be too weak to support the weight of her upper body and her body would be too narrow to contain more than half a liver and a few centimeters of bowel.” A real woman built with those proportions would suffer from chronic diarrhea and could die from malnutrition. There is no logical reason why Barbie dolls are designed in such a way that would provide negative thoughts to the 99% of girls aged 3 to 10 that own Barbie dolls. Of all the female characters in TV shows, over 75% are underweight – yet producers feel no obligation to consider the effect... [continues]
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