The New Barbie: What It Says About America's Beauty Standards

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: The new Barbie embraces diversity and promotes positive body image.
Air Date: 2/10/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Claire Mysko, Interim CEO for NEDA
Claire MyskoClaire Mysko, interim CEO for the National Eating Disorders Association, is an internationally recognized expert on teens and body image, leadership and media literacy. Mysko is the author of You're Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self, an award-winning self-esteem manual for girls, and Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?: The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby. Claire has also served as the director of the American Anorexia Bulimia Association and spearheaded the launch of such pioneering online communities as Girls Incorporated and SmartGirl.
The New Barbie: What It Says About America's Beauty Standards
The Barbie Doll you grew up with was something of a supermodel who defied the laws of physics: tall stature, tiny feet, full breasts, small waist, and slender legs that went on for days.

Barbie could be anything from a rocker to a doctor. That Barbie represented career diversity, but her body was always the same. If you were petite, tall, or curvy, you couldn't completely relate to Barbie.

The release of the "new" Barbie has been applauded by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) for embracing body diversity. With 92% of American girls between ages three and twelve owning at least one Barbie, this can have a huge impact on body image for the next generation.

Teen and body image expert Claire Mysko shares how the new Barbie embraces diversity and promotes body positivity.


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