There’s a Good Reason Why Whoopi Goldberg Once Chewed Off a Doll’s Arms
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Last week, Whoopi Goldberg spoke at the Child Mind Institute 13th Annual Adam Katz Memorial Conversation, where she detailed her life growing up with dyslexia.

During the conversation, NY Mag reports, Goldberg revealed that to teach her daughter about body image she once chewed off a Barbie doll’s arms.

“I wanted to explain to her that she didn’t have to look like that,” said The View co-host.

She added:

“What I realized is you can talk to girls all you want to about what they shouldn’t be feeling … They know who they are. But, we have been taught — and I think women are still led down this idea — that there is something better than you … If we saw more portly women on magazines, we would think they’re beautiful, but we don’t. We don’t see very portly women. We see women talking about, Oh yes, I gained all this weight for a movie part, but then I lost it all again. Or somebody has a baby on Wednesday and they weighed you know, 116 pounds, and then on Friday they’re back to, you know, 98. And it’s because this idea of what we’re supposed to be hasn’t changed in hundreds of years. And so fighting all of that was my biggest issue.”

The annual conversation aims to raise awareness about mental health and learning disorders.

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