Hi everyone, how are you? I pray you are doing well. In the previous article, we talked about guilt. And we will explore how to manage the emotions of guilt in later articles. I couldn’t resist sharing about the articles I recently stumbled upon. It was related to unhealthy negative emotions or expectations few people might have. 

We will be discussing a syndrome known as Barbie Doll Syndrome. Most girls have been grown playing with Barbies, but when the word syndrome is attached, it makes us wonder what that is?


What is Barbie doll syndrome?

According to the dictionary, Barbie doll syndrome means the drive, often of adolescent girls, to attain impossible standards of beauty, projected by toys.

It not only focuses on the need to look in a certain way, but it focuses on avoid eating or eating less, resulting in failure and frustration, puts focus on how they want to be perceived by the social media which leads to issues related to body image, eating disorders, and self-image.

If a girl wants to be a Barbie in real life, she needs to have 5th ft. 5 height, waist size 14, and hips of size 14 too. In the book “Ken and Barbie at LifeSize,” author Kevin Norton states that only about one in 100,000 women match the Barbie body image.

That means that if any female wants to look like Barbie she would be anorexic. Which is an eating disorder characterized by abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted perception of weight.

Factors that can create Barbie Doll Syndrome 

1. Exposure to dolls at a young age

Young girls usually play with dolls, they are exposed to beautiful Barbies where they dress them up, do their makeup, and glorify them. Or even exposed to cartoons like Bratz at a young age which creates unrelated beauty standards. Which can lead to lower self-esteem and confidence issues.


2. Role of social media


Millions of females follow their celebrity crush or role models and admire them due to their physical appearance. This idea that I will beautify myself and look like Rapunzel and my prince charming will come and rescue me can lead to bulimia as well. Bulimia includes: eating very large amounts of food in a short time, often in an out-of-control way – this is called binge eating. Making yourself vomit, using laxatives, or doing an extreme amount of exercise after a binge to avoid putting on weight – this is called purging. Fear of putting on weight.


3. Peer Pressure


Most parents want to and send their children to good schools. It consists of all kinds of people. And if by any chance your daughter is in a group of so-called pretty girls according to society’s beauty standards. This might create insecurity, a need for perfection, low self-esteem, and the urge and need for validation, and other issues. 

4. Role of parents, siblings, and relatives


If by any means the child is surrounded by people who often mention words like “moti bachi” or “tumhari beti kali hai” this is a very important factor that the girl might start to dislike herself and not be confident and love herself enough. Which leads her to torture herself by starving herself or doing other unhealthy activities. 


Am I missing out on other factors? Share your take on Barbie doll syndrome and according to you what factors can create this syndrome in the girls?. Till then see you soon. 


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