Find out your parenting style with my parent personality quiz!

Find out your parenting style with my parent personality quiz!

COURSE LOGIN

Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy Go Anorexic (Seriously)

Picture of Dr. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker

With a little help from Barneys, New York, Disney has morphed a few iconic children’s characters into waif-ish, albeit stylish, runway models. In an upcoming campaign called Electric Holiday, Disney decided to sell out on our kids and whittle Minnie from a robust, kid-friendly mouse into a high fashion, stick thin something or other. Walt would roll over in his grave.

Fashion designers, who spend millions each year marketing clothes to our painfully impressionable and fickle youth, knew exactly what they needed to do in order to get to the next level of consumers—little kids.  So they pulled our kids’ beloved cartoon characters into the bizarre fold. How low can you go? Really. Daisy and Minnie? Shouldn’t they have immunity or at least be put off limits by the geniuses who created them?

Eating disorders are no laughing matter, and they are life threatening. The scope of those young women (and men) who have them can’t be adequately tallied because they come in so many varieties beyond the classic anorexia nervosa.

But Disney seems to have no problem advertising straight-up anorexia because one glance at Minnie and you know that’s what she has. Few with bulimia or mixed eating disorders can look this thin. This is true-blue unabashed starvation in its purest form. And we know that anorexia nervosa is simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to eating disorders, which are so rampant on college campuses.

Several years ago I spoke with a young woman who returned for vacation from her Ivy League college. She confided in me that “every girl” on her dormitory floor routinely vomited their food in order to stay trim. Routinely starving or vomiting takes a lot of discipline, so no wonder it is so popular on elite college campuses. Even the brightest, most disciplined kids out there succumb to the magic of good marketing. They will get thinner at any cost because that’s what women do in America.

And they aren’t the only ones soaking up the sad but powerful messages. In my experience, more mothers are. While I can’t find data, I am seeing more mothers in their thirties and forties (especially wealthy, highly educated mothers) wearing smaller jeans than their daughters. The saddest part is, they’re proud of it. Come on, Moms. Let your girls have their day. Besides, what does this teach a daughter, when her mother wants to be thinner than she is?

Clearly, Disney knows exactly what it takes to snake into the pocketbooks of American women. Go thinner and they’ll buy clothes. Period. We have come to worship bones and demonize strength. Even if we women don’t participate in the get-rid-of-flesh-at-any-cost-wars, we are just as guilty because we allow clothing designers to get away with hurting our kids. We still buy their stuff.

I’m not much of a boycott fan, but I do think that Disney needs to hear from us on this one. How about it?

Our Sponsors

Skylight-Meeker

Skylight Digital Picture Frames are the perfect bridge connecting you to the special moments of those you love! It’s private, pre-loadable, and you can personalize it! Visit SkylightFrame.com

K12 Powered Schools: State-certified teachers and trained online educators. Go to K12.com/DRMEG today to learn more and find a tuition-free K12-powered school near you.

As a practicing pediatrician and mother I recommend Phyla because it works wonders without any side effects and is backed by dermatologists.

Visit phylabiotics.com, enter code DRMEEKER at checkout, and start your journey to healthier skin.

Here’s the perfect gift to inspire and delight that young person in your life!

Sign up at Crunchlabs.com/DRMEG and get 2 boxes free!

That’s why you’ve got to check out AquaTru.

AquaTru purifiers use a 4-stage reverse osmosis purification process, and their countertop purifiers work with NO installation or plumbing.

Transform Your Tap Water

Air Doctor

Air Doctor, purification to protect your home! Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code DRMEG and you’ll receive UP TO $300 off air purifiers!

Cozy Earth
Our goal is to help you create a sanctuary within your home, a refuge from the demands of the outside world.

Head over to cozyearth.com and use promo code DRMEG for an exclusive 35% off.

Acorns makes it easy to start automatically saving and investing for your future. Head to acorns.com/ or download the Acorns app to start saving and investing for your future today!

Your pet can’t choose healthy, but you can! Choose Whole Life Pet for human grade, freeze-dried, nutrient-rich, all natural food and treats for your dog or cat!

Visit wholelifepet.com

Born Shoes

Step into comfort by visiting BornShoes.com and take advantage of our exclusive offer. Use promo code DRMEG to enjoy a 15% discount and receive free ground shipping on all full-price shoes.

Green-chef-Meeker
The #1 Meal Kit for Eating well. Go to greenchef.com/60drmeg and use code 60drmeg to get 60% off plus 20% off your next two months.  greenchef.com to start now! 
Masimo-stork-baby-monitor

Masimo Stork is a revolutionary new baby monitor. SET technology has been in use for 25 years in the NICU units of America’s hospitals – now that same technology is available at home. Masimo Stork tracks real time, with your baby’s pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and skin temperature. While not a medical device, it can ensure more confident and calmer parenting. To learn more, go to masimostork.com.

Sponsors

Skylight-Meeker

Skylight Digital Picture Frames are the perfect bridge connecting you to the special moments of those you love! It’s private, pre-loadable, and you can personalize it! Visit SkylightFrame.com

Crunch-Labs-Meeker

Here’s the perfect gift to inspire and delight that young person in your life! The CrunchLabs build box subscription. Crunchlabs packs the fun into science by sending kids a new toy to build each month. And everyone’s favorite youtuber Mark Rober’s teaches them how! Kids LOVE IT! Go to Crunchlabs.com/DrMeg and get yours today!

Powerful purification to protect your home

Lock this special offer by going to A-I-R-D-O-C-T-O-R-P-R-O dot com and use promo code DRMEG.

Discover luxury she deserves!

Head over to cozyearth.com and use promo code DRMEG for an exclusive 35% off.

Save, invest and learn from one easy app.

Visit acorns.com

Your pet can’t choose healthy, but you can! Choose Whole Life Pet for human grade, freeze-dried, nutrient-rich, all natural food and treats for your dog or cat!

Visit wholelifepet.com

Step into comfort by visiting BornShoes.com and take advantage of our exclusive offer. Use promo code DRMEG to enjoy a 15% discount and receive free ground shipping on all full-price shoes.

Green-chef-Meeker
The #1 Meal Kit for Eating well. Go to greenchef.com/60drmeg and use code 60drmeg to get 60% off plus 20% off your next two months.  greenchef.com to start now! 
Masimo-stork-baby-monitor

Masimo Stork is a revolutionary new baby monitor. SET technology has been in use for 25 years in the NICU units of America’s hospitals – now that same technology is available at home. Masimo Stork tracks real time, with your baby’s pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and skin temperature. While not a medical device, it can ensure more confident and calmer parenting. To learn more, go to masimostork.com.

More Posts

Sponsors

Skylight Digital Picture Frames are the perfect bridge connecting you to the special moments of those you love!

Here’s the perfect gift to inspire and delight that young person in your life! The CrunchLabs build box subscription.

Your pet can’t choose healthy, but you can! Choose Whole Life Pet for human grade, freeze-dried, nutrient-rich, all natural food and treats for your dog or cat!

Masimo Stork is a revolutionary new baby monitor. SET technology has been in use for 25 years in the NICU units of America’s hospitals.

The #1 Meal Kit for Eating well. Go to greenchef.com/60drmeg and use code 60drmeg to get 60% off plus 20% off your next two months.  

Thrive Market – the customized and economical way to shop organic, non-gmo, and healthy.

Website-Dr. Meeker (8)
Feeling a a bit uneasy about having "the talk" with your son or daughter?
Dr. Meeker is here to help! “How to Talk to Your Kids about Puberty & Sex (ages 8-18)” is her most comprehensive course ever and she’ll equip you to have that conversation with knowledge, confidence and sensitivity. Check it out!

More Tools to Simplify Fatherhood