Dolls and Real Life

Do children’s earliest messages about body image come from their dolls?

If so, Barbie has become thinner and thinner since she debuted in 1959.

According to one study, if a modern Barbie were given life-sized dimensions, she would have a 16-inch waist and could not walk upright.

In 1964, G.I. Joe would have had a 32″ waist and a 44″ chest, and a 12″ bicep.

But over the last decade, Joe has been adding muscle. Mattel has introduced an Extreme G.I. Joe, who has a 55″ chest and a 27″ bicep, impossible life-sized dimensions even for …Arnold.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.