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A little inspiration to ring in the new year

January 1, 2014

A ten-year old, Melissa Shang, is petitioning American Girl to create a disabled doll. It’s amazing to see a young child have so much influence and desire to make change in the world. The toys children play with have a strong impact on how they see themselves. Watch her Youtube video here.

On a similar note, a recent image of a plus-size barbie has raised questions about obesity, a healthy body size, and the messages that the stick-thin barbie sends to children.

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The fact is that the average body size for a woman is a 12-14. I am a big fan of the healthy at every size mantra because skinny doesn’t always mean healthy. Lots to ponder in the new year!

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