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WWBD? What Would Barbie Do?

posted by Linda Mintle

Some feminists believe playing with Barbie leads to body dissatisfaction and the desire for breast implants.

Now I know some of you are thinking, Oh come on, she’s only a harmless doll. An icon from the twentieth century. It’s not like she’s Chucky! Let her play in peace! Put on her Pilates outfit and let’s all calm down!

Well, we probably could if women in media looked less like dolls than people. Barbie is only one of a plethora of images young girls are exposed to daily.

So if Barbie could speak her mind, here’s what I think she would say. And since Barbie has over 100 careers, let’s consult Psychologist Barbie.

First, she would administer a psychological battery of tests to all girls who played with her in order to ensure they aren’t being harmed by her image. After scoring all the ink blots and noting no real harm comes from playing with her, she would schedule breast reduction surgery in order to avoid incredible back pain as she ages.

Next, she would warn young girls about being too thin, reminding them that the thinness of her waist and hips creates physical problems. We all need some fat on our frames to keep the plumbing working well!

Barbie would then set up a nonprofit arm of Mattel that would donate proceeds of her sales to eating disorder research, and she would most likely convert the Dream House to a group home for troubled girls. Regular group therapy would be held there in order to help girls deal with unrealistic body image. Community seminars would explain her evolution into a doll with more sensible proportions.

Basically, if Barbie could speak, she would tell young girls, no one really looks like me so don’t even try! And we would call her, Redemptive Barbie!

 

What is in Your Refrigerator? Does Your Family Pass the Test?

posted by Linda Mintle

What are your family eating habits? Dr. Linda pays a visit to one local mom and discovers what is in her refrigerator and pantry. How did she rate? Watch the short video.

 

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Please Pass The Swedish Chocolate. It’s Good for My Health!

posted by Linda Mintle

Hand me another chocolate bar, but make it Swedish milk chocolate! Those bars have higher percentages of antioxidant rich cocoa solid than American milk chocolate bars. And when the concentration hits about 30%, it’s good news for chocolate lovers and our health.

Swedish researchers’ evaluated women who claimed to eat two small chocolate bars a week and found a link to lower level of stroke compared to women who did not eat chocolate bars. Basically, a small amount of chocolate reduced the risk of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. You can review the study in the Oct 18th issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The results make sense given past studies have found a reduction of blood pressure among chocolate consumers.  Since hypertension relates to stroke, this makes sense.

But before you load up on chocolate treats for Halloween and then justify downing the left overs, be sensible.

1) Note the differences in Swedish and American chocolate. You might want to stick to dark chocolate on this continent. Dark contains more of the antioxidants and is lower on sugar.

2) Note I said the subjects “claimed” to eat two bars a week. That is because the study was based on self-reports. People had to accurately report what they ate and well, we don’t always do that!

3) If you add chocolate to your diet, cut back on other calories. Calories are still calories and can add to weight gain.

That said, bring on the chocolate bars! We need to engage in a little self-care!

 

Some Redemption for Chris Brown

posted by Linda Mintle

“Some Redemption for Chris Brown” was the headline in our local paper. Singer, dancer, pop artist Chris Brown appeared in concert over the weekend. He is talented and a heart throb among teens but the artist and I have had tension.

This summer, my husband, teen daughter and I stood in Rockefeller Plaza, waiting for Chris Brown to perform live on the Today show. Honestly, I struggled with being there.

Chris Brown is the artist who made his recording debut in 2005.  In 2009, he pleaded guilty to felony assault for attacking his then girlfriend, pop star Rhianna. According to reports, she sustained visible facial injuries, a bloody nose and bite marks on her arms.

My daughter and I have discussed Chris Brown many times. There is NEVER a reason for a man to physically abuse a woman. For that matter, women have no excuse to physically attack men either. My daughter has worked with me and the women in domestic violence shelters. She has heard their stories of physical abuse, witnessed their scars and the family destruction.  So I didn’t want to support a pop star who beat up his girlfriend.

But here’s what made me change my mind. As we were discussing the Chris Brown situation, my daughter said, “Mom, you believe in redemption right? You believe people can change because you help them do that. Do you believe Chris brown could be repentant and change? Maybe we should give him a chance and support him for trying to change his life. ”

I couldn’t argue with that! We’ve all made mistakes. We all need grace and mercy to correct our mistakes and try again. So here is hoping that Chris Brown has learned from his mistakes, is getting therapy and will use his incredible talent for good.

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