Barbie, err, Dr. Cynthia Haines
turns 50 this year, and the doll has a big fan in Saint Louis University professor of family and community medicine, Dr. Cynthia Haines
Earlier this month Haines told Web site Scientific Blogging
that the doll is the picture of perfect health and a great role-model for girls -- despite those who argue
otherwise. (It's said that if Barbie were a real person her measurements would be 36-18-33 and she'd lack enough body fat
Haines, meanwhile, believes Barbie's slim figure and good-looks suggest that the doll has taken good care of herself over the past half century. "Barbie loves to exercise and has washboard abs and a tiny waist to
prove it," says Haines, who adds that Barbie probably follows the "Mediterranean Diet" rich in healthful anti-oxidants that slow aging.
"You can tell because her skin is nice and firm, she has long luxurious
hair and bright, white teeth," says Haines. "And on the inside, I suspect her heart is
strong, her arteries plaque-free and her lungs are clear."
That's Haines, btw, pictured above. Remind you of anyone?