The Doll With Weight Issues

July 28th, 2005 // 5 Comments

This is either the most bizarre “toy,” or the most clever. I haven’t decided yet. There is a doll designed by Christina Bisland called the GO-DO. You are able to inject the doll with a liquid to change the doll’s body shape and size.

Today, even though they are larger than their counterparts in the 50s, children are still given 50s shaped Barbie dolls to play with. If given the opportunity to decide whether their doll was to be slim or fat, which would they choose? Would they want their doll to look like them? Should we give a child that choice?

The doll is manipulated through the injection of a liquid into its hollow body, which changes its shape from very slim to obese (and vice-versa).

While the doll was developed in response to obesity and eating disorders, I’m not quite sure of the purpose for the doll? I think most kids would get more kicks out of injecting a doll than anything else.

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By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. jeannette

    Hmmm…….. Am not a parent or planning to be one, however, I would be more concerned with a young child having access to a “sharp-ish” needle and or inviting the imagery of “shooting-up”.

  2. Arlene

    Ahaha… I think that is an incredible idea. I know I would love to have a doll like that.

  3. Crystal

    You would also have the anorexia kids who would obsessively suction out every bit of fluid out of their dolls.

  4. This does not seem particularly educational or relevant to the issue of obesity and eating disorders. Some kids are going to pump the dolls up beyond capacity just like they’ll cut off all their hair or rip off their arms.

    I will say, however, that any toy that can get kids away from the TV and thus away from endless junkfood ads is a good step in fighting the obesity epidemic.

  5. Cynthia

    Better yet, get the kids to go outside and play. Kids don’t even play outside anymore, which is why there is a problem with childhood obesity in the first place!

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