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Plus-size Barbie has too many chins: Sparks 'fat Barbie' online debate

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A plus-size Barbie complete with a hefty double chin is the brain-child of a, which created this image and posted on their Facebook page. The company is asking folks to vote if this is a new type of Barbie people would like to see on the store shelves, according to ABC on Dec. 27.

There’s no sugar coating the fact that this Barbie Doll looks fat, but in an unrealistic type of way. The major distortion comes with the doll's face, which is plumped up like a chip monk and who has a bigger double or triple chin than normally seen on a real human who is overweight.

The picture started a debate and its already gathered 40,000 likes, 4,600 comments and 2,500 shares. While the Barbie Doll seen above doesn’t seem to be the answer, again she’s distorted especially around the face, people want to see a more realistic doll than the one that’s been around for generations.

This doll seems to pass on the message that plus-size gals aren’t pretty, which is not the case. The body of the doll isn’t too bad, again the face has to go. If the company had depicted a Barbie with a pretty but plump face and left out all the excess chin thing going on, it might have had gotten a better reaction.

Critics are saying this new image of a Barbie doll promotes obesity in children and they want a healthier looking doll. Others think a hefty doll accurately depicts a sizable portion of the population.

One Facebook commenter seemed to put this discussion into a place that offers a happy medium. Why not make a more realistic looking doll, one with measurements that are found on a healthy human woman.

Suggestions to lose the double chin are many, a suggestion of making a “thick Barbie” without the double chin was made by a commenter. The best answer seemed to be, "Why not have a realistically proportioned Barbie that promotes healthy diet and exercise?" What do you think about the Barbie above?


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