If this post sounds familiar, not to worry, you aren’t losing your mind. This is a rewind of a post about the Lammily doll I published in February 2015. One of the reasons I am rewinding this post, and sharing it again is because of a post my sweet blogging buddy Shaunacey wrote this week. Shaunacey blogs at Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy. Her post is entitled “There’s a New Barbie in Town” and you can read it here. I will be checking out the new Barbie and posting about her, too, in the future.
Today we are talking about just that…dolls. Actually, one doll in particular – Lammily, seen here on Christmas morning with my very own (grand) doll-baby Cadence.
Are you familiar with Lammily?
I wasn’t until last spring when I read on the Huffington Post about the development of this doll.
Lammily is the brainchild of Nickolay Lamm, a self-described artist and researcher, who created a doll based on his concern for young girls’ body image. Unlike other popular fashion dolls whose proportions are unrealistic if not anatomically impossible, Lammily was designed using the proportions of the average American 19 year-old girl.
When transcribing Lammily’s dimensions into human proportions the doll would be 5’4″ and wear a size 7.5 shoe. By comparison, Barbie would be 5’9″ and wear a size 3 shoe. And those are just two of the differences between the dolls. According to “Beauty in proportion: Barbie versus Lammily” by Erika Espinoza, an article published on Ball State Daily, Barbie’s unrealistic proportions indicate that she has a serious eating disorder, anorexia.
Take a look at the chart below:
Barbie and the sixteen year-old me have one thing in common.
Certainly not the size 3 feet.
Nor the 18″ waist.
And not the height.
At my tallest (before I started my downward decline), I was maybe 5’7″.
But I was anorexic in high school. I was anorexic before people knew what eating disorders were. Before Karen Carpenter. Before Tracey Gold. I dieted my way from 127 to 85 pounds in approximately four months. And my BFF Sharon dieted right along with me.
It all started when I took to heart a comment from one of my mother’s friends that I had put on a little weight. I began exercising excessively and eating a lot of apples…just apples, nothing but apples. And soon I had almost disappeared right before my family’s eyes.
My mother first noticed something was up when she kept having to take in a dress she was making me for the Snowflake Ball in December 1974. Then I had to go to our family doctor when I got sick with a sinus infection. When I raised my shirt so the doctor could listen to my lungs, she and my mother gasped at the sight of my protruding ribs. I had been “found out”.
The doctor questioned me about what I was, or more importantly what I wasn’t eating. She asked about my periods, which had stopped months before and explained that with my excessive dieting, I was possibly jeopardizing my chances of having children down the road. She warned that if I didn’t get back to a “normal” weight soon, I could expect to start growing hair all over my body as an attempt to keep myself warm in response to the loss of body fat.
The road to recovery took several years. By my sophomore year in college, I had gained back all of my weight and about 30 pounds more. Now the ‘pendulum’ had swung the other way. I was close to 160 pounds. My father paid for me to attend an early version of today’s gym for women and he asked me to take my mother along to workout with me!
So, now you know why the idea of this Lammily doll appeals to me. The once-upon-a-time 16 year-old me, the mommy of two daughters me, the Mimi of one granddaughter me. When crowdfunding was opened up for the first edition Lammily in March 2014, I preordered a doll for Brennyn (her daughter Cady) and for Lauren (who doesn’t have a little girl, yet).
If you have a little girl in you life who might benefit from having a Lammily doll, please go here to shop. And if you or anyone you know needs information on anorexia nervosa, please visit the National Eating Disorders webpage by clicking here and here.
I believe in the message these dolls are providing and would like to offer you a chance to win one for some little girl in your life.
Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a Lammily doll by clicking below.
Hugs and sticky kisses,