Body Image and Barbie

Courtney Frydryk


With students' constant awareness and desire for mathematics content to be relevant to their world, intertwining a statistics and social justice lesson into one can provide students with the unique opportunity to discover, discuss, and explore a social justice topic using statistics.  The author provides evidence for why body image is important and proposes an idea of how teachers can incorporate statistics and body image into one cohesive lesson.

Full Text:



Franklin, C., Kader, G., Mewborn, D., Moreno, J., Peck, R., Perry, M., & Scheaffer, R. (2005). Guidelines for assessment and instruction in statistics education (GAISE) report: a pre-k–12 curriculum framework. American Statistical Association: Alexandria.

Griffin, J. (2009, March 9). Academics like to play with Barbies, too. Retrieved from

Mattel (2016, January 28). Barbie® 2016 Fashionistas® Fact Sheet.

Mukhopadhyay, S. (1998). When Barbie Goes to Classrooms: Mathematics in Creating a Social Discourse. In Keitel, C. (Ed.), Social Justice and Mathematics Education (pp. 150-161). International Organisation of Women and Mathematics Education.

National Eating Disorders Association (n.d.).

Nelson Mandela Quotes. (n.d.). Retrieved August 1, 2016, from

References from Table 1

eBates, C. (n.d.). How does 'Curvy Barbie' compare with an average woman? Retrieved July 25, 2016, from

gDealer, S. T. (2010, August 25). Size 14 is average American woman's size, but not the average shopper's: Kim Crow. Retrieved July 25, 2016, from

fFryar CD, Gu Q, Ogden CL. Anthropometric reference data for children and adults: United States, 2007–2010. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 11(252). 2012.

hHeight and weights. (n.d.). Retrieved July 25, 2016, from

jImgur. (2013, August 28). Some female body measurements for you. Retrieved July 25, 2016, from

iSimone Biles Height Weight Body Measurements. Retrieved July 25, 2016, from


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2017 Courtney Frydryk

The Ohio Journal of School Mathematics is published by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics and hosted by The Ohio State University Libraries.

If you encounter problems with the site or have comments to offer, including any access difficulty due to incompatibility with adaptive technology, please contact

ISSN 2472-5986 (print)
ISSN 2472-601X (online)