Fit Tip Daily

January 6, 2008

Barbie In The Flesh


         Billions of women (and some men) grew up with barbie.  Those dolls were supposed to exemplify what women were “really” supposed to look like.  Could it be that all of the eating disorders, diet pills, and low self esteem all stem from this one figure made by “Mattel?”  If Barbie were a real figure; how would she look … and would we really want to look like her? 

           “Real Women

  • Average woman’s heigh is 5’4″
  • Their weight is approx. 140 lbs.
  • They wear a size 14 dress
  • Their bust is between 36″ and 37″ (B cup)
  • Their waist is between 30″ and 34″
  • Their hips average between 40″ and 42″
  • Their shoe size is estimated to be between 8.5 and 9.5


Barbie (as a human)

  • Barbie’s height would be 7’2″
  • Her weight would be 101 lbs.
  • She would wear a size 4 dress
  • Her bust would be 39″ (FF cup)
  • Her waist would be 19″ (same as her head)
  • Her hips would be 33″
  • Her shoe size would be a 5


Barbie’s body would have room for only half of a liver and only a few inches of intestines, as opposed to the usual 26 feet. The result: chronic diarrhea and death from malabsorption & malnutrition.

Barbie’s neck is twice as longas the average humans which would make it impossible to hold up her head.

Barbie’s waist is the same circumference as her head.

Barbie’s legs are 50% longer than her arms, whereas the average woman’s legs are only 20% longer than her arms.

To look like a barbie proportionally, a healthy woman would need to add 61 cm to her height, subtract 15 cm from her waist, add 13 cm to her chest, and 8 to her neck length.

If a woman had the same measurements as Barbie, she would not have enough body fat to menstruate (and obviously to have children).

There are 3 billion women on the planet who don’t look like Barbie; only 8 women come close.

Barbie would be unable to walk upright (she would need to walk on all 4’s): her feet are so proportionately small that her chest would pull her perpetually forward onto her toes. (credit)”


       I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time that Mattel come out with a user friendly version of Barbie.  Maybe this time they can actually design one that can walk upright and have a head big enough to hold an actual brain!  If you have a child …. this is not the toy for her (or him). 

 Adria Ali


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