Opinion & Debate

Published on January 26th, 2014 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


‘Anorexic’ baby doll slammed by critics

From being critisised for being too gender specific, too pink, or causing too much aggression, toys seem to be rarely out of the headlines lately.

We are certain play things were never so controversial in ‘our day’ when bows and arrows (which really fired), pellet guns and whoopee cushions were all the rage (although some of us remember our mothers sucking their teeth in disapproval over ‘anatomically correct’ dolls on the toy pages of their mail order catalogue).

The latest toy on the block to be causing outrage is a Nenuco baby doll which refuses food. For those mums and dads who’ve endured a toddler resolutely turning its cheek to every spoonful of pureed carrot proffered in its direction, the doll will obviously be the epitome of realisticness.  However, eating disorder groups are saying it is irresponsible, claiming it could potentially cause food issues in youngsters. Presumably they think the other dolls in the same range – ones who poo, have a snotty nose and shiver when undressed will have the same effect…

Check out the video here (complete with over-excited US anchor lady) and let us know what you think – would you buy a food-refusing doll for your kids?

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About the Author

Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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