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Do toys and cartoons affect my child's body image?
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Toys Come w/Messages
Toy figures & cartoon figures r stand-ins 4real people.
Consider barbie, ken & friends: do u remember seeing a wide range of body types? Of racial features? Even manufacturers of more realistic barbie-like dolls have stuck 2a narrow range of types. Ever see an overweight barbie- or ken-type doll? A below- or above-average height one? If such dolls were hyped on tv & sold, what msg would kids get?

In brief: Toys Come w/Messages
Toy figures & cartoon figures r stand-ins 4real people.
Consider barbie, ken & friends: do u remember seeing a wide range of body types? Of racial features? Even manufacturers of more realistic barbie-like dolls have stuck 2a narrow range of types. Ever see an overweight barbie- or ken-type doll? A below- or above-average height one? If such dolls were hyped on tv & sold, what msg would kids get?
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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In brief: See below
It would help to know how old your child is.
But, it is highly unlikely that either would have an effect on your child's body image. This is normally effected by social pressure, pears, and the media.

In brief: See below
It would help to know how old your child is.
But, it is highly unlikely that either would have an effect on your child's body image. This is normally effected by social pressure, pears, and the media.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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