Barbie’s Diet Book Advice: Don’t Eat!!!


Personally, I hate playing with Barbies. I’d much rather build forts, ride a bike, draw pictures, or read a book. Playing Barbie just isn’t my specialty. However, my daughter loves Barbie. She has the Barbie house, the Barbie jeep, too many Barbie dolls … She is infected with Barbie-madness.

But I just learned that Barbie once had a diet book, and that Barbie’s diet book had one bit of advice – “Don’t Eat!

And I’m rethinking my tolerance of Barbie’s place in my home.  

Before you rise with me in a Burning-of-Barbies Bonfire Party, I must point out that none of the current Barbies feature starvation as their selling point. However, it’s clear to me that Barbie has definitely influenced women’s outlook on body image for generations.

This mid-1960s “Slumber Party Barbie” came with a “small plastic scale permanently set to 110 lbs., and a diet book titled ‘How to Lose Weight,’ because who doesn’t go to a sleepover without their diet book?”

By 1967, both the scale and the book were taken off of Barbie’s shelf. Still, in my opinion the damage was lasting. I know this was a long a time ago, but I’m ready to dump Barbie for good.

Barbie’s influence and position in your home: Good (and here to stay), or Bad (and joining my Burning-of-Barbies Bonfire Party)?  Comment below!

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Barbie’s Diet Book Advice: Don’t Eat!!!

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Tasha says:

    Barbie has been a teacher. Barbie has been been a single mother. Barbie has been an astronaught. Barbie has been a vet. Barbie has been a doctor. Barbie has been a girlfriend, a friend, and a happy, independent party girl. Barbie has been a hard working student. Barbie has been a princess. Barbie has been a queen. Barbie has been a fashionista. Barbie has been a footballer. Barbie has been THE FLIPPIN’ PRESIDENT. Barbie has been everything any girl should aspire to be. Say what you will, Barbie is amongst the best role models girls will ever have.

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  3. brittney says:

    people come on! Barbie is a toy, that’s it! Your just trying to make our world seem more demoralizing and demeaning! I am 21 years old & pregnant with a boy but if it was a girl my thoughts would be the same! It was not that long ago that i myself was playing with Barbie’s & let me tell you Barbie didn’t influence my way of thinking at all! I was one of those girls who played with Barbie til i was like 12! I had the HUGE 4 storey doll house & every Barbie imaginable! Barbie was fun & i could dress her anyway i wanted & i could make her do whatever i wanted. Barbie was a toy to me.I didn’t have a ken doll so i like a little brat i cut one of my barbie’s hair short to make her a him. Does that mean that the world was telling me to be a lesbian (if it was i wouldn’t be pregnant would i) no it wasn’t. Kids are going to do what they want & they are going to think what they want no matter what! mommabear wrote "The entire culture of Barbie perpetuates the idea of females as objects — an idea I reject." Do they not make GI JOES for little boys or make little wrestleing dolls might i add that are men! Does that mean that men should be seen as objects. No! It means that little boys like to play with dolls also & it makes some parents uncomfortable if their son plays with Barbie so giving him GI JOE makes them feel better! All in all people Barbie is just a toy! Im not messed up in the head thinking i need to be a toothpick becuase i played with Barbie! Let you’re kids play with toys & make up their own minds! If you really think Barbie is such a bad thing than lets look at the Bratz dolls & those little monster dolls! I mean come on! A toy is a toy no matter if it’s Barbie or Legos!

  4. brittney says:

    I’m getting so angry! Ive tried to post on this sooo many times and it just keeps saying we are unable to add your comment at this time! Let me say what i want to say come on!!

  5. My daughter loves her Barbies. I see nothing wrong with them. I played with them when I was a kid too. I hope that you don’t really take your kids’ Barbies away.. I think that you are reading way too much into it. It’s a toy, just like many other toys..I guess I don’t know about other kids but I know mine doesn’t look at her Barbies and think "I want to be that skinny" or "that pretty" or whatever. She makes them talk, dance, sing, encourages use of imagination! Do you not let your daughter play with anything princess-y either? Wouldn’t want her thinking she should be a princess or anything.. I think a kid is going to feel how they are going to feel no matter what toy they are playing with. To the commenter Amber, what do you let your kids play with then? Because pretty much everything nowadays is heavily advertised and thrown in children’s faces! And ‘mommabear’, who says that you have to see anything "enlightening or empowering" about Barbie? Again, reading way too much into it. It’s a doll. That is all a kid is going to see. A doll. Do all of the toys your kids play with have to be enlightening and empowering?

  6. Amber says:

    Truly disturbing. I hate barbies or any toy that’s heavily advertised and thrown into children’s faces. I can’t believe that book and scale ever existed.

  7. mommabear says:

    Barbie has been banned from my home from the moment I found out I was having a girl. I don’t see anything enlightening or empowering in Barbie. The entire culture of Barbie perpetuates the idea of females as objects — an idea I reject. There are dolls, there are girly things, there is the utter enjoyment of clothes and dress up, but there is no fashion worship, there is no perpetuation of bad body image, there is healthy eating and taking care of ourselves. There is not "I’m fat" or "I’m ugly", especially not from me. I don’t want a doll teaching my daughter that she is not good enough.

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