The Face of Eating Disorders

analytical Essay
1593 words
1593 words

As Katie and her daughter pranced into the doctor’s office, Katie spotted a seat on the far left side of the waiting room while her daughter’s gaze caught a corner of the room that was filled with toys. As Katie found her way to the empty seat after checking in with the receptionist at the office window, she swiped a brochure off of the coffee table that was located in the center of the room. As Katie began to take a seat, she opened the brochure’s cover and was alarmed when this beauty’s image gawked at her. With the title “Eating Disorder Awareness” printed across the top of the page, Katie read the alarming statistics about media’s affect on girls and their self-image. “The average model, dancer, and actor is calculated to be thinner than 95% of the population” (Briscoe 1). “Medical records show that anorexia nervosa is the deadliest mental condition, and often causes disturbances with the heart, organs, and is often connected to suicidal tendencies in it’s victims” (DeNoon 1). Alarmed by the statistics, Katie glanced at her innocent, playful eight-year-old and could not help but wonder if this iconic figure was having an effect on her daughter. Clutched in the young girl’s hand was the poster child of the eating disorder epidemic, the slender image depicted on the brochure: Mattel’s Barbie. “Inspired by her daughter’s fascination with cutout paper dolls, Ruther Handler suggests making a three-dimensional doll through which little girls could play out their dreams… Barbie soon leads Mattel to the forefront of the toy industry and fascinates generations of young girls” (“Barbie Doll Makes Her Debut” 1). Barbie Millicent Roberts, more commonly known as Barbie, began her magnificent journey into 125 different careers, all while ... ... middle of paper ... ...3. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. Hoskins, Stephanie. "The Negative Effects of Barbie on Young Girls an the Long Term Results." Divine Caroline. Divine Caroline, 08 May 2012. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. "Materialism." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014 Meibar, Graciela. "Inspiring Girls to Science and Math Through Play - By Graciela Meibar - INSIGHT Into Diversity." Inspiring Girls to Science and Math Through Play - By Graciela Meibar - INSIGHT Into Diversity. Insight Into Diversity,Web. 19 Jan. 2014. Rand, Erica. "Barbie." Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Ed. Valerie Steele. Vol. 1. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 121-123. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. Spellman, Ajai. "More than Just a Pretty Face: A Role Model Too." Daily Titan. 15 Nov. 2011. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. "The Barbie Effect." Teen Ink. Emerson Media, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates how katie spotted a seat on the far left side of the waiting room and glanced at the slender image depicted on mattel's barbie.
  • Analyzes how barbie millicent roberts, more commonly known as barbie, began her magnificent journey into 125 different careers while balancing a thriving relationship with her boyfriend, ken, in 1959.
  • Analyzes how barbie's anatomically impossible body proportions should set off an alarm within the parental minds.
  • Compares barbie's weight to the united states average of 5 foot 4 inches tall, and 166 pounds. the impossible-to-attain proportions contribute to cultural ideals of beauty that invite self-loathing.
  • Analyzes how the barbie market profited off of young people's desires to own every barbie with every individual accessory, including car, toy, animal, and extra item.
  • Explains that barbie is the ultimate role model in careers, having experience in over 125 different occupations. mattel launched barbie's "i can be" campaign, which allowed people to submit their own ideas for her next career.
  • Analyzes how barbie can be seen as a role model and figure for girls to be independent. but is the feminist movement of the 70's still relevant today?
  • Opines that parents should monitor their children's toys based off of their own morals to prevent future generations from psychological and/or physical turmoil. thinness is becoming extremely prominent in today’s celebrities and “role models.”
  • Opines that barbie should end because of these problems. figures in society, such as barbie, are not positive influences on the future workforce of this world.
  • Narrates how katie searched the internet for more information about barbie and all of the possible problems that she could possibly be causing.
  • Analyzes barbie's positive influence, umkcwomanc, and briscoe, joanna. the standards of beauty are homogeneous.
  • Explains that daniel j. denoon, "deadliest psychiatric disorder: anorexia." webmd.
  • Analyzes the negative effects of barbie on young girls and the long-term results.
  • Analyzes how graciela meibar's play insight into diversity is based on the encyclopedia of clothing and fashion by valerie steele.
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