I saw this in my news feed on facebook today:
Did you know… If a human woman had the proportions of Barbie, she would be 5’9” tall with a 39” bust, an 18” waist, 33” hips and a size 3 shoe.
Her head would be the same circumference as her waist, meaning she would have room for only half her liver and a few inches of her intestinal tract. This would result in chronic diarrhea and eventually death from malabsorption and malnutrition. Also, she would be unlikely to menstruate.
She would have to walk on all fours due to her proportions, as her feet are so disproportionately small that her chest would pull her forward onto her toes. … 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.
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.”
Because Barbie’s neck is twice as long as the average human’s, it would be impossible for her to hold up her head.
Scary stuff, eh? But there’s a lesson to be learned here. The ideal of beauty isn’t always best. People need to appreciate how they look, and not try to fit into an impossible and unhealthy mold. According to this article, which shares the above italicized information, the average American woman is 5’4″ and 166 pounds.
Last night, I watched this video by Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign and it practically brought me to tears.
You are more beautiful than you think. Stop focusing on all your flaws and look at what is right about you. Love yourself.
UPDATE 7/5/2013: Added image I found comparing Barbie and the average woman.