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Plus-size Barbie: 'Should toy companies start making plus-sized Barbie dolls?’

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A plus-size Barbie presented by Plus Size Modeling has sparked a heated debate over a plus-sized Barbie doll with a double chin, a heated debate over what is considered to be healthy curvy versus being unhealthy obese, and a heated debate about what a different-sized Barbie made by toy makers should really look like. According to Dec. 27, 2013, ABC 8 news report, “in just over a week, the picture [of the plus-size Barbie doll] earned nearly 40,000 likes, 4,600 comments and 2,500 shares.”

Across the internet, readers agree that coming up with a more realistic looking Barbie doll is a great idea. But most readers also agree that the plus-sized Barbie doll presented on Plus Size Modeling’s Facebook page is not what plus-size women really look like. Women can be "plus size" but at the same time healthy looking and attractively curvy.

“Sure, but Barbie doesn't need a double chin. You can be 'plus size' w/o the double chin. They could make a 'thick' Barbie.”

“More curves, less chins!”

“Not every big girl is unfit or unhealthy! I'm sick of people saying someone is unhealthy because of their size!!! An average size Barbie would be awesome and would probably boost confidence to millions of little girls everywhere!!!!! Being yourself is one of the most beautiful things!!!”

Since most readers disagree with the plus-size double-chinned Barbie doll being a representation of real plus-size women, it might be of interest that the image of the plus-size Barbie was not created by any toy maker or professional artist but by “bakalia” as part of a contest on Worth 1000. The entry won “1st place entry in Feeding Time 9.”

In response to the plus-size Barbie doll debate, one of ABC’s comments under the news article pointed out that if toy companies do start making plus-size Barbie dolls, why not make it a healthy curvy one. “How bout a curvy in between barbie???done deal, make it, NO FAT, NO SKINNY, A HEALTHY DOLL.”

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