Eating disorders affect several million people at any given time. While most women with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 35, the youngest age of girls who are dissatisfied with or have low body esteem has decreased over the years.
The Barbie brand has often been under attack by critics who say the doll’s unrealistic proportions promote unrealistic physical expectations for girls and women. It’s been suggested that Barbie’s declining sales over the past few years have been due to Barbie’s thin figure at a time when the media is embracing more body diversity. Mattel’s response to this is three new body types for Barbies—there will now be curvy, tall, and petite versions in addition to the original Barbie shape.