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It's beginning to look a Lot like Anorexia!
How I learned to stop worrying and love my unique body type!

Did you know there's an actual model who claims to be the "real-life" Barbie doll? Why, yes, it is every bit as horrifying as you might be imagining. Based on some rudimentary research I've done, a true "real-life" Barbie doll would stand at 6 foot (182.88 cm) tall, weigh about 100 lbs.(45 kg and 360 g) have a 35-19-30 BMH ratio. If you're having trouble visualizing that, it's because this body type is decidedly unnatural – anyone having these numbers would walk on all fours in order to support that size chest atop Barbie's size 3 feet. So, why do we subject our little girls to this kind of wash? It's been proven over and over again that it has a litany of self-esteem and body-image issues just waiting to happen and no documented positive attributes. That's what I'm here to discuss, just in time to ruin your Christmas shopping!

And, before we begin, yes, boy toys also have unrealistic body types too. I acknowledge this. I'll be more concerned when an outbreak of male-case anorexia explodes due to their inability to dress as one of The Avengers reaches record highs.

Barbie's case speaks for itself and I think we made the case against Disney princesses pretty clear last month. So, let's venture through the world of online shopping and see what other girl toys are an option.

In case it wasn't obvious enough by now, the options are quite limited. Most of the best toys marketed for small girls are the non-human ones (with a few exceptions). I can't very well prattle off every toy on the market but the guidelines found in the above should help give you a starting point for appropriate toys for little girls of all ages. The sort of toys beloved for ages should not be the ones that symbolically or by way of subtext make your little girl feel like less of a person. That horrible cycle can end this year if we put our minds to it.

As an added bonus, here are some good gift ideas to consider:

Well, that's enough from me. I'm sure with these tips and your own discerning judgment, you'll make it the best and most accepting Christmas yet. Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!

Written by: Jeff M.

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!"
~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836
"I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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