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Unrealistic Expectations

Magazine pictures are electronically edited and airbrushed. Many entertainment celebrities are underweight, some anorexically so. How do we know what we should look like? It ís hard. The table below compares the average women in the US with the Barbie Doll and the department store mannequins. This is not encouraging. (Health Magazine, September 1997; and NEDIC, a Canadian eating disorders advocacy group).

Average Woman Barbie Store Mannequin


5’4″ 6’0″ 6’0″


145 lbs 101 lbs Not Available

Dress Size

11-14 4 6


36-37″ 39″ 34″


29-31″ 19″ 23″


40-42″ 33″ 34″

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