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Plus size Barbie drawing criticism, support

Facebook page for Plus Size Modeling website asks followers to vote on whether toy makers should create plus size Barbies.
Posted By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   Dec. 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM   |   Comments

Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A Facebook page for Plus Size Modeling features a photo of a Barbie doll with fuller proportions and a triple chin asking followers if toy makers should start making plus size Barbies.

The posting asks followers to "like" the image if they think toy companies should make the fuller-figure dolls and to comment if not.


As of midday Saturday, more than 40,000 people had "liked" the image, and more than 5,000 had left comments disagreeing with the idea.

Several commenters were outraged over what they said was promoting a morbidly obese lifestyle.

"No one is naturally fat for gods sake, that's sending the message to girls that it's ok to look like this and be unhealthy.. How about we stop obsessing about being overweight and teach our children to eat healthy and get out and play," one person said.

Others supported the idea of a more average-looking body shape on the doll.

"Why not have a realistically proportioned Barbie that promotes healthy diet and exercise?" one commenter asked.

Some commenters supported a plus size Barbie, but still found issue with the image posted on the Facebook page.

"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," one commenter said.
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