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Barbie is finally evolving. Are you?

By Michelle May, M.D.

Social media is buzzing about the evolution of Barbie®. According to a press release from Mattel, “Barbie is announcing the expansion of its Fashionistas® line with the addition of three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – and a variety of skin tones, hair styles and outfits.”

I’m sure there will be controversy on both sides; this change is long overdue and underwhelming, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

I don’t hold Barbie exclusively responsible, but every day, I hear from women who have spent years hating their bodies and punishing themselves with restrictive eating, unsustainable exercise regimes, and worst of all, not living their lives fully because they don’t measure up to an unrealistic standard of beauty.

It is actually painful for me to think about the time, energy, money, and lives wasted. So my question for you is:

If the iconic Barbie can finally let go of unrealistic standards, can you?

 

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About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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