Plus-size, double-chinned Barbie sparking controversial debate

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A controversy is brewing over a request to remake Barbie in way contrary to the iconic image so many girls knew growing up.

Plus-Size-Modeling.com is suggesting Mattel create a plus-size Barbie. While some say more realistic curves would be a better role model for girls, others say an overly large Barbie would be an unhealthy example.

Plus Size Modeling conducted a poll on its Facebook page on Dec. 18 asking, “Should toy companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” In just under two weeks, a picture of the poll has received over 40,000 likes, 5,000 comments and 2,700 shares.

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

“Portraying Barbie as a realistic woman with real curves is a very good idea and would send the right message to young girls about self-esteem,” another comment said. “Making a morbidly obese Barbie is BAD!!”

Then there’s this opinion:

“Okay I honestly don’t think how a Barbie looks affects a child’s self-esteem. When I was little I didn’t wanna look like Barbie. Lol. I didn’t think about my looks at all I just wanted to play…”

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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  • Sailing J

    People need to get a life. If a toy makes you have high or low self esteem, you have bigger issues to deal with than what a doll should look like. Losers

    • Estella Bunny Howe

      While I agree with you; I also know as a woman, a mom, that our society with its unrealistic ideas of what a woman should look like, has caused many eating disorders and emotional problems. Perhaps Moms shouldn’t even be buying these dolls at all?? Don’t know. But, I agree, there are worse issues that need to be dealt with. Blaming the doll is an underlying issue that needs attention.

      • rainesson

        And in any case, she’s a cutey. Love comes in all sizes. And dang, she doesn’t even have her own name! Let’s go for Bobbie, short for Roberta. Roberta is a nice name. But other ideas for names are welcome . . .

        • ThorsTheTroll

          Isn’t giving this doll to your daughter basically the same as calling her a fatty?

          • liberaltraitors

            You are giving her a fat pig role model … that’s healthy.
            Couch potato Barbie …
            Depression Binge-Eating Barbie
            Bad BO Barbie
            Cottage Cheese Barbie
            Sloppy Barbie
            Thunder Thighs Barbie

            Aim high, Americans, aim high …

          • BajaDreamer

            Trailer Trash Barbie
            Biker Chic Barbie
            Bondage Barbie

            And not to be left out………

            The Ken doll is coming out of the closet!

          • Raptormann

            We all forgot about Emo Barbie, she cuts herself!

          • Dave_Mowers

            Was that the one that came with a razor blade?

          • Kriegar

            Perhaps that is why Barbie left Ken for G.I. Joe.

          • DixieAngel_76

            Because he has more moving parts, and who wouldn’t love a guy in uniform? When I was a little girl my Barbie dumped Ken for a GI Joe sailor!

          • Kriegar

            LOLOLOL

          • Carlos Mencia

            LOL a sailor. That isn’t much of an upgrade on the heterosexual scale.

          • Luke

            So being ‘politically correct’ and living in ‘reality’ are two different things that people will just have to come to terms with? Wow, who knew?

          • Marbran

            Fuzzy hair or plastic? It is very important…

          • Cindy Miller

            No….that is why Ken left Barbir for G.I. Joe

          • sirgareth

            Ken was a transexual and had his penis mutilated. Barbie was bi-sexual and contracted AIDS from her gay friend Danny.

          • Conserv8iveWoman

            Ken’s first girlfriend was “Lorena-Bobbit” Barbie??

          • Darren Preston Lane

            I think Ken left Barbie for “don’t ask, don’t tell” G. I. Joe.

          • glenp827

            you got to it faster than I could

          • bobdog19006

            No, if I heard it right, that’s why Ken left Barbie for G. I. Joe.

          • Dave Edmonds

            I heard it was because she loved his “Kung Fu” grip :)

          • LLinLa

            You need to check out TMZ for the latest. You are partially correct. She did leave Ken but to her surprise when she arrived at Joe’s home, she heard whispering coming from Joe’s bedroom: “That skinny little biatch left me!” Then: “Not too worry, Kenny baby. You’re home now. Huuuuah!”

          • sirgareth

            How about “Life of Julia” dolls – get the kiddies hooked on dependancy at an early age

          • only4uandme

            Please, now all I can vision is President Jerret doll. I’m out of here.

          • Botvinnik

            …with G.I Joe! AND, they’re gonna get married.

          • glenp827

            KEN was ALREADY SMOOTH

          • jksu2

            You forgot –> Behind the Tool Shed Barbie and Bi Barbie

          • filter

            Don’t forget prostitute barbie and hijab barbie and suicide vest wearing “freedom fighter” barbie!

            ~have to be ALL inclusive don’cha know…;)

          • neo rambo

            ithought he did and he is in the wh

          • Mark Davis

            Finally
            When I was a kid my GI Joe would kick my sisters ken doll then kiss barbi

          • cochise1

            Lardie Barbie
            and Big Butt Barbie

          • jackejack

            Muffin Top Barbie

          • Independent Tom

            Don’t forget Heroin Addict Barbie… who turns tricks for fixes… the product of the Obama recession.

          • sammid

            You forgot Amish Barbie, the doll with morals!

          • 1peevedbob

            Comes complete with long dress and chastity belt.

          • rogiedodgie

            Barbie Beaver-lips.

          • Ironwings

            HAHAHAHAH…… ROFLMAO…… you guys are killin me……… i am so glad to see that Political Incorrectness is alive and well….. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

          • ScottyGunn

            And lots of body hair!

          • 1peevedbob

            The new “Ken” is a cross between Rock Hudson and Sylvester Stallone and will have a nickname of “RAMBUT”

          • nicholasi

            Mudshark Barbie.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Is there a black male doll in that series?

          • nicholasi

            Yeah, an ugly little runt called Spike Leechimpo

          • ScottyGunn

            Yes: Incarcerated Tyrone

          • Luke

            2 Barbies and a cup?

          • Feemster

            You forgot crack hoe Barbie…comes with a real glass pipe and a fake rock.

          • 1787LIVES

            and don’t forget my favorite…Trailer Trash Barbie.

          • DixieAngel_76

            Because all fat women, and all who live in trailer parks just have to be ‘trash’ right? Think again.

          • ScottyGunn

            You’re right, they all are not “trash”, just the trailer park ones…

          • geesfarm

            saw that one on sale at FAO Schwartz in San Francisco. For real.

          • UnknownRider

            …as in a higher amount on government checks?

          • Brian Davids

            That’s the thing, why can’t there be a normal sized barbie?

          • Azrael

            There is, the normal Barbie.

          • sirgareth

            If the “normal” Barbie is made to life size proportions she’s 8 feet tall, has a 14 inch waist and 42DDDs on top and wears size 2 shoes. You wont get her clothes online.

          • rangerider

            People it is a doll! Only a doll! Come back to reality !

          • JenB

            Exactly, its a doll. Did anyone with a strawberry shortcake doll assume that all girls had unusually large head sizes and smelled like strawberries? And what about raggedy Ann? She didn’t have fingers! Not to mention her hair…who has yarn as hair? So unrealistic. bratz dolls, their feet come off. Their heads are unusually large as well. Dolls are not supposed to accurately depict the human body. Why?because they are friggen dolls…toys. They are not real. This whole debate is ridiculous.

          • rangerider

            I know:-) They have yelled for years about the bad example Barbie has on girls and their image. Now they scream for a fat doll with no mention of image it create for girls :-) Crazy world, but this is just silly. The fervor of those cheering on a fat Barbie is somewhat strange. If you want a fat doll I am sure you can find one, if you can not then get off your butt and make one :-)

          • Morris65

            Instead of demanding how Mattel should invest it’s capital, maybe Plus-Size should risk their own resources and reap the rewards if their idea succeeds or suffer the consequences if it doesn’t. Mean spirited capitalism or an eminently sensible and fair solution?

          • jetjok64

            Works just fine for me…

          • SomeDude

            Sounds good

          • Brian Davids

            Well do show us a normal person who looks like barbie then.

          • Azrael

            Use Google Images to search for real barbie – you’ll find plenty of them.

          • liberaltraitors

            Really, what nitwits think a doll directly translates to self-esteem issues? I think it’s the ice cream these porkers hork down that’s the real issue.

          • WolfNippleChips

            How a Sharkeisha Barbie with a set of acrylics and an obamaphone?

          • Kriegar

            Only if they keep the porker Barbie, and Call her Connie Conservative (bless your heart)

          • edinvestor1

            The conservative girls are MUCH hotter than the frustrated Demopigs.

          • KaptKan1 .

            Almost all Americans are fat blobs, regardless of race, creed, colour, age, gender, etc. What is considered to be “overweight” in the USA is what the rest of the world calls “massively obese”; what you-alls call “obese” is what we call “enormous hippo”.

          • Kevin

            You’ve obviously never been to Europe… Take a looks at Germany, Sweden, and the UK (even though they hate being called European). I’ve lived in all three places, and yeah, America has some hefty hogs but those are nothing compared to the lands of sausages, meat balls, and fish+chips.

          • KaptKan1 .

            I guess that nowhere is safe since the advent of women’s lib, Kevin.
            No wonder there have been so many earthquakes lately…

          • nilsm

            The stats quite clearly refute this.

          • Kevin

            “Stats” are nothing but an empty statement without documentation. I’ve actually LIVED in all of those places, and no matter what your (probably fake, undocumented) “stats” say, even a short visit will confirm what I said. Additionally, to say that statistically that “most Americans are fat” is the same as saying that all black people love watermelons or some such other uneducated stereotype.

          • nilsm

            Well, I live in Europe (permanently). If you don’t want to trust either official statistics nor any anecdotal evidence other than your own then there really is no helping you.

            It may be that you mostly hang around thin people?

          • gemiinii

            Right, except Mexico has the highest percentage of obese people and Europe has 4 countries in the top 10. So take it easy there pal.

          • KaptKan1 .

            And that will not make you people one bit less fat. Besides, “obese” and wallowing hippo are orders of magnitude in difference, and I guarantee you that the only thing “exceptional” about you Yanks is that you have the highest %age of your population in the massively, morbidly, can’t get out the door obese category.
            And stop dancing, dammit; you’re causing earthquakes!

          • rangerider

            The porker Barbie is liberal. Why? No self esteem, lazy, eats like a pig. Just add a victims voice and it would be perfect as a bad example :-)

          • hurling

            I beg to differ, Conservative women are much hotter then Liberal women. Heck just look at the news channels.

          • Joan Lussier

            Like Megyn Kelly ! If i was a lesbian
            I could go for her.

          • SomeDude

            I think you might want to take a long hard look at your avatar …. ;)

          • jetjok64

            And boyfriend Lemongello… Didn’t make it to the NBA, didn’t get an education, has 15 kids with 13 mothers, all on government assistance and he’s just been released from prison after serving 7 years of 30 for murder, all to make room for a kid who will no 25 for getting busted with a bag of weed.. That should about do it for making toys that better reflect our current society and make it so that nobody feels bad about themselves for failing to meet the low standards they hoped to achieve… Seriously, we’re society in decline, do we help it along by presenting toys to encourage an acceleration of the process?

          • Katherine McChesney

            With a grill, a foodstamp card and a welfare check?

          • Kriegar

            Oh? And why is that? Because all overweight women are unmotivated, lazy, overindulgent fat pigs?

            You, and the 75 people who clicked like of this comment, should crawl back under your rocks. And this doll is a ridiculous and insulting caricature.

          • liberaltraitors

            Yes, and it’s 140 and climbing. Sorry if you are too thick to fit under the rocks with us, we’re having a party … but you are used to sitting those out anyway.

          • Jesse Scott

            Something like that….yeah

          • sirgareth

            Yeah Karen Carpenter dolls for all your little cherubs – aim high

          • liberaltraitors

            Awwwww, did I offend your chubby sensibilities? It’s OK, you “accept” yourself. You’ve given up being anything more than a tub of goo, so that makes everything OK.

          • John Evos

            You forgot one…..fat f**k Barbie

          • liberaltraitors

            Ugh, I don’t like those words in the same sentence. ;)

          • Mickey

            I agree. This latest P.C. push to make obesity “normal” is literally killing people.

            Fat Barbie is looking at heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc. Mother Nature is not politically correct.

          • US_POLICESTATE

            I think that’s the idea. There are more than a few people that would like to see the population of the world reduced. You don’t need to resort to mass murder like the socialists did last century when you can just encourage people to eat themselves to death.

          • Al Carajo

            Last century and this century; what makes you think socialists and their collaborators have given up their ways?

          • datakcy

            How about calling her a Blobbie Doll?

          • Kevin Pearson

            Oprah Barbie?

          • ScottyGunn

            Sleeps Alone Barbie
            Not Married Barbie
            C___kblocker Barbie

          • Ed Lover

            Why not? Girls already have real-life “fat pig” role models like Miley and the Kardashians. They might not be fat but they make up for it in the Pig department.

          • freedotz

            don’t forget about snookie — I’m pretty sure she weighs in

          • freedotz

            don’t forget the classic ‘i wear sweatpants to class because the world is my living room’ barbie

          • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

            How secure are you with your appearance if you won’t even use your own picture for your profile?

          • liberaltraitors

            I am fantastic looking. I take care of myself, work out, eat right and mock all the fatties for their fatness, reality-show addictions and french fry gobbling.
            I choose to have this communist control freak as my avatar because it infuriates the few intelligent leftists who recognize “1984.”
            I must admit though, my own picture would infuriate them almost as much, since those self-loathing freak shows hate good-looking people and superior genetics.

          • mike cumpston

            Well, He!! and s*** fire! they might as well go ahead and resemble the general population.

          • liberaltraitors

            It’s sad but true. I don’t blame other cultures for hating ours … all these fat, sloppy welfare-sucking pigs make me sick, too.

          • Ironwings

            Thors, Liberaltraitors, and Sailing, you are all 100% right. This is all too stupid – and if you get your self-esteem from your Barbie doll you need an intervention. The posts below are hilarious.

          • Kriegar

            I certainly shouldn’t think so.

          • Matai

            or FATSO

          • ms20

            Pretty much.

          • Mickey

            Not necessarily, but it’s certainly giving the kid a built in excuse to mow through the entire bag of chips.

          • Kevin Pearson

            That’s the thing. Fatties tell toy companies they need to make such a toy but who would want to buy one?

          • RobertNorwood

            Hang a sign on it – Don’t Get Like This.

        • ChappySinclair

          Shaniqua is a nice name.

          • Raptormann

            Yeah, with hair hat, extensions and a big arse!

          • UnknownRider

            Female, pronounced Fuh-MAL-lee. True name; true story. Her mom saw it on the birth cert. and it was good enough for her.

        • buckeyebubba

          MISS PIGGY!!!!

        • Zathras11 @B5

          A six-letter name to replace a seven-letter name?

        • Sangria Singh

          That’s cool. I know some fat chicks named Roberta.

          You can even package this one with a black dude who bones her, but never tells his buddies.

        • longshotlouie

          Must be a bunch of teenage boys responding here.

          • Kriegar

            I bet not. Just your normal group of male aberrants, who have never matured.

        • FAUBUS

          Bullcrap, my 60 something wife is still a babe. Toys will not stop a loser from being a loser

          • Kriegar

            Well, they’ve certainly done you no favors, obviously. Loser.

          • DixieAngel_76

            So being happily married makes him a ‘loser’? I think you’re missing a few pieces of the puzzle, mister.

          • DixieAngel_76

            Hats off to you for loving, admiring and bragging about your wife. I’ll bet she’s the happiest wife in the neighborhood.

        • BajaDreamer

          “Love comes in all sizes and shapes” huh? So is this new doll gonna come with a sack of flour for that too?

          • supershwa

            More cushion for the pushin’…

          • BajaDreamer

            More bounce to the once…

        • DixieAngel_76

          How about Bertha (as in Bertha-Butt)? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, and I’m a queen sized woman myself, but this whole thing just strikes me as funny. Having been both thin and fat at different times in my life, I can honestly say, speaking strictly for myself that it had absolutely nothing to do with any trauma to my soul from not being able to buy a ‘big boned’ Barbie. All that there is to worry about in the world and we’ve got adults in this country seriously worked up over this? I guess some people just have too much time on their hands.

        • Bryan Mason

          How about Bertha, or Mage, maybe 2tonsoffun

          • Katherine McChesney

            Two ton Tessie.

            Or better yet, call her Oprah.

          • Morris65

            Maybe an inflatable one to duplicate the “yo-yo” syndrome.

        • wittedwarrior

          It’s time to get real! Let’s give her a butch haircut with just a hint of blue, some tats, a few strategic piercings, a splash of leather – maybe a stud or two – a red bandana, some flannel near by, and a “wife”. It could be a boxed set.

        • Archer

          a new one Texting Barbie

        • Texas Patriot

          Baby Huey!

        • Robert

          The fat Barbie isn’t a “cutie”. She’s hideous. There’s a reason the Victoria’s Secret models are in shape and don’t weigh 300lbs….

        • Mickey

          Helga? Brunhilda? Polly?

        • knews5

          Skyrocketing suicide rates among young girls given fat Barbies by their loving parents…

        • Emmanuelle Goldstein

          How about Porky?

        • ScottyGunn

          Right, so you’ll encourage your thin daughter to marry the school fat kid?

        • RobertNorwood

          Blubby

        • Ironwings

          Raine, you have some good points here – but you cannot save people from themselves or their upbringing by leveling the playing field – and you cannot level the playing field by making a fat version of everything – Superman, GI Joe.. etc., any more than you can level the playing field in America by bankrupting all the rich. To think that’s possible is just politically correct folly. ( I am so sick of political correctness I could puke every time I hear it. It was the initial way they brainwashed everyone so they could
          march everybody down the Marxist trail and they’d go like sheep.) These are fictional characters, and they are what they are. The key word here is FICTIONAL.

      • ChappySinclair

        I bet you are whale. Man the harpoons!

        • Estella Bunny Howe

          You loose. But I know who you are—-a male with a moronic ego/mouth!!! Do you know how stupid you sound???

          • Ziv Bnd

            Estella, if you can’t even spell the word “lose”, do you really think your opinion is going to count for much? Really?

            You might “lose” your dog because his collar is too “loose”. It isn’t difficult.
            Grammar is hard, spelling is fairly easy.

          • longshotlouie

            When you don;t have a mature response, point out some grammatical error.

            Just about as impressive as disrespecting a mature woman and her figure.

            Bet you were a hit at the family function this Christmas.

          • Klaus

            OK, how about this? Estella is so fat, even her spelling is overweight. The extra o came out of her extra chin.

          • 1787LIVES

            It may just be me, but I am not attracted to fat women. Perhaps seeing all my sister barbies gave me the wrong impression of what I wanted in a women. I seem to be attracted to fit women who don’t spend all day stuffing bon bons and cheetos in their mouths.

          • Kriegar

            Fit, or anorexic?

          • DixieAngel_76

            The question is, would any woman at all, fit or otherwise be attracted to a mysoginistic moron with an outsized ego and a miniscule brain like you? I doubt it, unless she’s just getting out of prison.

          • nicholasi

            No, the question is: Are you as fat and ugly as your words give the impression you must be?

          • Sod Buster

            Dear ms ogi nistic,
            “If you marry a fat, ugly woman and you will happy for the rest of your life. She will provide you heat in the winter and shade in the summer.”

          • nicholasi

            Bizarre, eh? : “I seem to be attracted to fit women.” What is it about fat-thighed, chicken-grease-fingered tubbies that you find unattractive (besides their constant moaning about being fat while they shovel down another bucket of crap food that makes them fart all night)?

          • DixieAngel_76

            Yay, whoopie. You win (the booby prize, that is).

          • Defiant

            Estella is SOOO fat, she’s got her own zip code!

          • August West

            beeps when she backs up

          • Kriegar

            It’s Ebonics-she’s saying that he’s as loose with his mouth as he was in getting educated.

          • leslie green

            Just because she isn’t the ‘best’ speller does not diminish her intelligence, maybe she’s dyslexic? By the way, you said ” grammar is hard”? (You should have said… difficult, not hard)… poor grammar! Hard refers to a surface, not a task. So, Mr. Critical, you’re not perfect either!

          • Ziv Bnd

            I didn’t think a sarc/ tag was necessary, but I will keep ya’ in mind in the future, Leslie! ;-)

            Sarc/

          • leslie green

            Anonymity can often bring out the best or the worst in us… I just had to pull you up a bit… no harm intended. :o)

          • Ziv Bnd

            No harm, no foul. Good on ya, Leslie!

          • TalosGuy

            Come to think of it….. are ANY of these comments going to count for much?

          • liberaltraitors

            Don’t call people stupid when you can’t spell. Drop some of that extra weight and you can probably type better …

          • Kriegar

            Some people are actually so stupid that they cannot identify a typo. Like…YOU.

          • liberaltraitors

            Really? So, putting that in all caps must have made it true? OK, chubby defender, you go have your ice cream on the couch, content in the knowledge that you told me a thing or two … in all caps, too!

          • DixieAngel_76

            You’re in no position to judge anyone else’s intelligence seeing as how you seem to think someone’s weight would affect how they could type (which by the way, isn’t the same as the ability to spell, the two are totally different actions).

          • liberaltraitors

            How do you know what position I am in? You disgusting pervert, stop peeping … but at least you are up off the couch for once.

          • auntielib

            Not as stupid as Joe Biden, I hope!

          • Kriegar

            But, if they were, they would still be 10 times more intelligent than Shrub and Shrub, Jr. put together.

            My, and you actually thought that was cute. ugh.

          • Defiant

            You’re fat and single, Estella, right?

          • August West

            how do you know he’s loose?

        • Guppy2

          YARRR…thar be whales!

      • doomsday_survivor

        The are not unrealistic with proper eating and exercise. Stop being lazy and stuffing your faces!!

        • Kriegar

          13 and 24 inch waists are unrealistic, and certainly not among the average norm for people of average builds-aside from what ever statistics on obesity you want to refer to.

          • doomsday_survivor

            … not among the average norm for people stuffing their faces with fast food everyday

        • DixieAngel_76

          Ever hear of diabetes? How about thyroid disorders, or menopause, which affect more women than men? How about Cushing’s disease? These are all conditions which affect one’s body weight and make it far more difficult to shed extra weight. How about the fact that due to pregnancy and childbirth it’s just far harder for women to fight weight gain, and that’s a scientifically proven fact of life. Not to mention that there are many, many medications that some people have to take that make them gain weight, like corticosteroids, anitdepressants and antispasmotics? I don’t say that some people aren’t fat because of poor lifestyle choices, but since when does that justify such vicious name calling and such judgemental attitudes (attitudes that by the way, are used far less often when looking at fat men as they are toward women who don’t fit the so-called ‘ideal’ of society). A couple of centuries back the ideal was just the opposite and corpulent women were considered desireable, while thin women were not, and there are still parts of the world where that’s true today. It’s all very personal, and very objective. It would be nice if more people could just keep their nasty opinions to themselves. Chances are, if you see a fat person, beleive me, they know they are fat, they don’t need you to remind them, or to knock their self esteem down any lower. After all, how many of you making all the nasty remarks think you could hold up to the same standards of judgement you expect everyone else to attain?

          • Hendrik Vaandrager

            Diabetes does not cause someone to be overweight. Being overwheight causes diabetes because your pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with your food intake.

          • Brubraja

            Hendrik, I have to disagree with you as you are not correct with your view of diabetes! I am Type 1 diabetic, my pancreas does not produce any insulin. Nothing I did caused this. This is just something that happened to my body. Type 2 diabetics build insulin antibodies that fight off the insulin created in their pancreas from unhealthy eating. I am so sick of people like you telling me that if I just “eat properly” and “exercise” that I will be cured. Nothing can “cure” me. Yes, I am overweight but I struggle also with terrible asthma that causes me to take large amounts of steriods…have you ever had to to take medicinal steriods just to breathe? I doubt it. It is terrible. So I should be lashed out at and treated poorly becuase my organs are not “perfect” like yours? No, I deserve the same amount of respect as any thin person does. I have to work harder just to get my body to function like a normal person. I used to allow people like you to make me feel bad about myself but no longer. Some things you can change (like weight) and some things you can’t(like your stupidity and my lungs and pacreas).

          • Hendrik Vaandrager

            I am a type 1 diabetic which was caused by antibodies destroying my islet cells which produce insulin. I know full well the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. My comment was directed towards type 2 diabetics, my of which could achieve much better control through diet and exercise.
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          • OneOut

            How about smokers ? Do you feel the same tolerance toward smokers as you do for the overweight ?

          • gemiinii

            They never do. In fact I know more than a few overweight people who criticize other people’s addictions constantly.

      • OldTimerUSNCB

        Everything seems to be a disorder these days, How about taking the responsibly for eating like a pig everyday.

        • Kriegar

          How about taking a little responsibility for your lack of intellect?

          • 1twothree4

            OK fatso.

          • Average Redneck Girl

            I have seen it at the grocery store where rather large folks have hardly nothing in terms of produce at the checkout but rather two 12 packs of pop, breakfast rolls, and chips. Now, not stating that is the norm but it is out there.

          • Defiant

            He’s right. Why is it lack of intellect to say that woman can take care of themselves and maintain an attractive appearance?

      • BajaDreamer

        Yeah, yeah……and silverware causes people to become morbidly obese! Right? Who says that society has an unrealistic idea of what a woman should look like? There was a time when there was NO problem with a large percentage of society, including children, being severely overweight. But now we’re all just supposed to accept that this is how it is and make toys to help support that?! Gimmee a freakin’ break!
        Yes, there ARE more important issues than making a “realistic” plus size Barbie doll…….like maybe supporting the idea that a shovel and a toilet plunger are NOT table untensils, and getting a little exercise is a great idea!

        • August West

          keyboards do instill bravery though

      • Dianna DeWitt

        Dolls that big look like they already have eating disorders.

      • Lola Guin

        How about they just make a healthy looking doll that’s normal. No gigantic breasts, no double chins, no big bellies, no unrealistically tiny waists. Just healthy and normal, no extremes. I personally have no problem with the original Barbie, but a normal one would be a neat thing to try for Mattel.

        • Tricia Anthone

          Mattel has been making toys that sell for decades. Although today’s technology allows companies to “float” ideas before they launch, but I’m not sure they get a realistic look at saleability in these forums. It will be interesting to see how (or if) Mattel uses public opinion forums to guide its decisions.

          If I were them, I’d test-market the fat dolls in the areas of the country that are statistically the “fattest” – I’m sure there’s available data on that. Then we’d see if fat parents really want to buy a toy that seeks to “normalize” obesity.

          If any of my kids had gotten fat, I would have helped them turn it around, not found ways to say, “fat’s cool.” Good Health is worth energy and effort.

          • OneOut

            Exactly. This forum acts like Mattel’s purpose in life is to make social statements, not toys that make profits for investors and productive jobs for employees.

          • Tricia Anthone

            So succinctly SPOT ON! Thank you for posting the sanest comment on the board, OneOut!

          • Defiant

            They’d be lunatics to go by our comments here! LOL!

        • BMCS Fortuno

          No let them make it…..Hell, it kind of turned me on.

          • leslie green

            L.O.L. too funny! I hear that there are some very interesting blow up dolls also.

          • BMCS Fortuno

            No Thanks…Plenty of real bbw and ssbbw aching for a nice clean cock.

      • Chaaange

        I call BS on the unrealistic ideas of what a woman should look like causing eating disorders. Take a good long look around, go to the mall, the local high school, anywhere females are present in large groups. See many women suffering from eating disorders, other than probably eating far too much? Yeah, me neither. I’m not saying there aren’t women/girls out there with eating disorders, and those are a tragedy and any help should be offered, I just don’t believe that it’s an epidemic like some people would have us believe.

        • DixieAngel_76

          Don’t forget too, all of the hormones in the meat and milk today, as well as all of the other junk that’s in our food. That’s probably a big part of it right there.

        • leslie green

          I would bet that obesity is more of a problem than anorexia or bulimia.

        • August West

          take a stroll though your local Wal-Mart

      • UnknownRider

        No society and no member of society has the means to make you feel any particular way unless you choose to feel that way.

        • Kriegar

          You have no idea what you’re talking about. Some people are not equipped to resist. Some people are not raised to resist, and still others have it beat out of them. Be quiet, your ignorance is gleaming brightly through your words.

        • DixieAngel_76

          That’s just one of those poplular little cliches that has little to do with reality. Ask yourself if that’s true, then why is bullying getting so much attention these days?

      • Martin Davies

        “..our society with its unrealistic ideas of what a woman should look like,.”
        Then how do you explain the obesity epidemic. If Women are being forced by society to be slender, why are there so many enormously obese Women?

        • leslie green

          Because they eat the Sh-t they call food. .. Loaded with GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial ingredients and carbs. Also, probably more importantly, they are ignorant and have never learned anything about making the “right choices” in the foods that they take in. Also, eating out all the time and so very many do not know how to cook. Back to education again & again & again.

      • Dave_Mowers

        Well since Congress has decided women will never get paid what men do therefore they will never be breadwinners I guess girls need role models to gear them up to become that other thing which Congress actually values women for?

      • ms20

        Unrealistic ideas of women and body issues do not come from Barbie dolls or any other toy. Look towards the fashion industry, models, magazines, TV, music videos and movies, not dolls that most kids stop playing with well before puberty.

      • Bob USAF(ret)

        So, society is to blame if someone is obese? Not the person who is obese? If someone has high expectations of you and you fail, it’s their fault? This seems like pure liberal BS to me.

      • sirgareth

        Dolls used to be fat litte babies, not anorexic adult women

      • xlaurenstephens

        There is a BIG difference between what a WOMAN should look like and what a BARBIE should look like. If a child is fat, it is more than likely the parent’s fault, not Barbie’s fault. Good God, parents are always looking for an excuse to blame someone else for their bad parenting! Keep your kid out of McDonalds and off the all day sodas!

      • glenp827

        so you are fat too?

      • CRO

        Maybe just teaching your kids how to make a healthy snack or teach them about having a balanced diet complete with chores and exercise on daily basis. Also avoid chips and junk food and for heaven’s sake no diet pop or soda. Even alcohol is a healthier choice!
        That should make anyone feel better and healthier.

      • Defiant

        The idea that a woman can be in-shape and not just let herself go is NOT unrealistic. Stop eating pork rinds and go to the gym.

      • youreallythinkso

        Yeah and the same pressures are there for men and boys. Be big and strong and dont show any emotion ever.

      • Lore Earll

        if you let “society” dictate your emotional or physical health, YOU’RE WEAK. This is nothing more than trying to normalize glutinous behavior.

      • August West

        yeah, you’re right. just thinking back on the cabbage patch disorders makes me shudder

      • http://trueliberty.us icecycle66

        Yeah boys are lucky.
        We all grow up to look just like He-Man.

      • BernieGoetzFan

        It is even worse with men. Ever see a male doll that is not ripped and muscular?

      • TomcatJoe

        Why is being “not fat” unrealistic? And are we not supposed to strive for perfection rather than settle for, you know, whatever body we end up with after wolfing down a bunch of Ho-Hos?

      • Art O’Connell

        An actual human with scaled barbie dimensions would look like an amazonian alien freakazoid maam..thats like saying gi joe dolls make boys want a kung fu grip and elastic bones

      • J M

        Unrealistic? Being healthy and not dying of a heart attack, getting a stroke or losing your your limbs and reproductive organs to rot because of a poor diet is “unrealistic”? Americans are gluttonous, fat slobs and lazy. Just look at any movie from the 1900s. People looked normal (healthy) and did not have a death wish. Americans need to grow up.It is scary how pig ignorant Americans are.

      • nicholasi

        What is “unrealistic” about Barbie?

        • http://youtu.be/fIy9bk3Ldqw Detex

          titties.

      • ScottyGunn

        Based on their logic, a fat barbie will inspire little girls to become porkers.

      • Marbran

        But was it the doll causing image problems, or Hollywood/New York City? I’d bet on the latter every time.

      • lcky9

        just remember to tell the girls it’s ONLY a TOY .. the smurfs were blue.. haven’t seen any blue people lately (that were breathing) have you?? We are going to have more eating disorders when the government gets done telling our kids they are OBESE if the don’t weight what the government says they should

      • Teresa Williams Blizzard

        Barbie dolls ARE a little girl’s world. They are what she is playing the “grown-up” scenario with, so it is likely that on a subconscious level, she will form the idea that Barbie is what a woman should look like. I don’t believe there should be a heavier, out of shape Barbie, but I do believe a realistic, normal body type that is healthy looking and toned would be a wiser idea.

      • RobertNorwood

        Oh yeah, society causes eating disorders. Addicts, whether their problem is food, drugs or alcohol always blame something else. This doll? OMG how stupid is this country gonna get?

      • Defiant

        Why does everyone say that a woman who isn’t fat is an “unrealistic” image? Go to the gym. Don’t be, or teach your kids to be, fat lazy slobs.

    • John

      The time people spend arguing about barbie dolls and how there should be fat ones to make people feel better. If you want to feel better change your Life that’s what I’m doing with an App I found called LifeShift which lets me creates a calendar and time-lapse movie of my weight loss. Here’s the link if anyone’s interested https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lifeshift-photo-calendar-collage/id778889427?mt=8

      • longshotlouie

        Yepper, …. that’s what we need, more advertisements.

    • Sod Buster

      ‘Plus sized, double chinned Barbie’ makes marketing debut as the ‘Hillary Clinton’ edition.

      • ttiwkram

        Don’t forget the Moochelle version — don’t want to be accused of being racist!

      • Kriegar

        More like the Palin version, I would say. Or is it the Barbara Bush version? She was a pretty big ole gal.

    • Ramesees

      If somebody wants a plus sized doll to be made available, there is absolutely nothing stopping them from manufacturing one themselves.

    • Crystal Gail Cunningham

      I so agree!!

    • haifisch8587

      how about Gorda or just plain fatso?

    • Guest

      Texting Barbie

    • Barbara Hartmann Buchanan

      Like parenting! Whether it is Barbie, video games or tv that “makes” your child anything…..you, the PARENT, need to be more involved. Don’t let toys and technology babysit your children.
      Otherwise, do anything you want with Barbie, but don’t assume that being plus sized needs to make her or me ugly. (as depicted) Be real. Size 14 is the average size in the US and is NOT fat.

    • dupkaman

      How about Obamaphone Barbie holding her food stamp card while eating potato chips.

      • gemiinii

        How about fat pill addicted Republican Barbie, who criticizes the lower classes while using all my health insurance money on doctor visits while I eat healthy food and work out?

        • dupkaman

          No offense, but from my observations Republicans tend to take care of themselves better than Obamabot lower classes on welfare.

          • JP Anderson

            Wrong dupkaman, I wonder how you came up with that lie?!!

          • dupkaman

            We’ll have to agree to disagree

    • George Clark

      Be careful, friend. “Brown vs. Board of Education” was decided on the issue of what a doll looked like. Just sayin’.

    • weshallovercomb

      It is not about the person being overweight or obese; it is about their health. You can put a ribbon on it, make it look so pretty with plus sized clothing as it talks and walks and thinks and hurts and loves like all of thinner folks, but that “plus sized” Barbie (real or fake) will not outlive most of her friends because fat people have hypertension, diabetes, etc., and why live that way if you just take a thirty minute walk every day and cut out the bad carbs. Really.

  • Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog

    Well, if they’re going to pander, how about SHARKESHA Barbie: real fat, real dark, real mean and thong two sizes too small.

    • acers2

      You mean, make a doll that looks like moooooooocher? Will take a huge amount of plastic to produce a doll with an A$$ that wide.

      • Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog

        On one hand they may have to tap petroleum reserves to make that much plastic. OTOH would the demand really be that great? I doubt it. Just putting it out there.

        • acers2

          Petroleum reserves, would definitely have to come into play if the project were started. Would only be able to make about 4 of the dolls before running out of mooooooocher, makin’ materials.

          • Clipper

            The petroleum industry will have to accelerate fracking.

          • acers2

            You’re right, Clipper. Looks like we’re gonna have to Frack a few Liberals in order to start the fracking. One has to wonder why God, ever made a dam ned liberal or was it that horned guy who made a liberal? My bets on that red suited horned guy.:)

        • Nancy

          Funny, and sad too.

        • Clipper

          I think I’ll buy up some oil stock.

      • Kriegar

        Wonderful. More fat, white, greedy repugnatards. Where is that Orkin man when you really need him. You people are like cockroaches, and only half as pleasant.

        • acers2

          Naw dude. Not fat here. 6’9 1/2″ tall. 307 #. Work out 3x a week with 5-700 pounds. Einstein, had you pegged along time ago when he said, “The difference between stupidity and Genius is that, Genius has it’s limits.” Yo mama’s calling you for teet time, stupid.

    • disqus_2Vt2rvVJSF

      Sounds like you just described Michelle Obama! LOL!

    • popeye2010

      Comes complete with EBT card, Obamaphone, and a baby she can trade for drugs.

    • liberaltraitors

      All it can do is slop over to the couch, hit the pipe, scream vulgarities at kids and slop out to the mailbox to get my tax dollars.

      • dancerina

        HAHAHA, love it!

  • Cindy Mccoy

    Why does anyone care about the size of a Barbie. It’s a doll. But, if it makes a young girl feel good about herself, them what’s the harm???

    • Today22011

      Barbie is a dream, a play-dress up doll, a way to have a act out a scenario. Get al life and stop picking on Barbie. Start focusing your political correct attention on Bratz and Monster High if you need a cause.

      • Clipper

        Mattel or Hasbro should come out with Obamasaurus.

      • 1787LIVES

        that is not Barbie, it is her sister Bertha.

    • Th_Ph

      I have never met a girl who derive her self-esteem from the degree to which she resembled a doll. Except in the imaginations of busybodies.

      If fatties have self-esteem issues, they have no right to ask the rest of the world to change in the pathetic hope it will make them feel better about themselves.

      • Sammie Jo

        Actually, there was one dip-sh*t, on dopey opie years ago, she had plastic surgery to make herself look like Barbie. I couldn’t believe anyone was that sick in the head and out there roaming the streets.

        Evidently there’s more than one, I found this story.

        People are really messed up.

        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/becoming-barbie-living-dolls/

        • Th_Ph

          The guy who had plastic surgery to make himself into a cat found out being a cat didn’t fix his problems. He eventually committed suicide.

          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232523/Stalking-Cat-Daniel-Avner-dead-possible-suicide-years-transforming-face-look-like-feline.html

          I think this is the same form of insanity afflicting the so-called “transgendered.”

          • Sammie Jo

            No kidding? I knew there was a woman in NYC who had herself transformed into a cat face, they call her the cat lady, and she looks awful. Sad part, she was a nice looking woman before she started.
            I didn’t know a guy had done it too. People are nuts.
            Oh geez, I just looked at the picture!!! What reputable doctor would even do that?
            That’s terrible!

          • ttiwkram

            And the suicide wasn’t pretty, either. He had to do it nine times.

    • liberaltraitors

      Why make slob role models? These girls already worship whores like Miley Cyrus, now we should make them fat ones? Let’s all move to the trailer park …

      • longshotlouie

        slob role models?

        Count yourself as part of a sick society.

        • liberaltraitors

          Yeah, but I look good.

    • JeffreyPtr

      It’s nice to feel emotionally good about yourself. I believe however it’s a poor substitute for developing healthy diet and exercise habits that can make you feel physically and emotionally good about yourself.

  • disqus_XeFVQf2YXo

    I grew up in the Barbie era, and this doll represent exactly what has happened to most of those young girls then. They have become fat, lazy, ailment complaining bitches in their senor years..

    • Sammie Jo

      Maybe looking at a fat Barbie will entice them to lose weight?

      • deedee lee

        One would think looking in a mirror at their overweight bodies would entice them to lose weight.

        • liberaltraitors

          Or the look on our faces when they say, “Yeah, super size it …”

        • Sammie Jo

          Not really, just like people who lose weight, they still see themselves as fat, and some fat people think they’re thin.

    • Snæbjörn

      I grew up with GI Joe,s and stuff. When I got to Vietnam, my esteem was sooooooo low cause I was flabby. I cried constantly; the cruel evil world didn’t want my service; but it didn’t wash with the draft board. Whatta bunch of BS.

  • Defendyourself

    So they should make the doll to satisfy some people? What about a Ho Barbie? A Dyke Barbie? How about a transgender Barbie? Why not a tattooed and meth Barbie?

  • https://twitter.com/kerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    WTF?

  • auntielib

    It looks like a bleached Oprah Winfrey.

    • tdwarner

      oprah is waaay bigger than that.

      • Sum Ting Wong

        Plus it would come with a huge mirror inscripted with “I Am The Greatest.”

  • Rocketman

    Lard butt Barbie. Perfect for all those guilt ridden fatso Moms to justify themselves to their similarly lard butt progeny. Maybe they can sue Mattel for being fat, too.

    • Doug

      Maury will be giving one to all female future guests.

  • MSG L

    So, give a fat kid a fat doll to give the kid the impression that being obese is acceptable? How about keeping and feeding your kid healthy and out from in front of video games.
    Get them healthy, don;t make up excuses.

    • Today22011

      If your kid is over-weight and sensitive about being Barbie sized. Don’t buy the toy. Get something else — like a skate board.

      • Tricia Anthone

        BEST post on the board! Why wouldn’t you encourage your fat kid to MOVE instead of placating with a fat doll?

  • RealityAlwaysBites

    Obese barbi is for one market, the really really stupid kids and their even dumber parents.

    Who said there shouldn’t be profit in the moronic?