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Maggie Goes on A Diet

Seriously?

And I know this shouldn’t bother me but it’s written by a man? Really? It’s wrong on so many levels I don’t even know where to begin.



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    Princess Dieter

    August 30, 2011

    I need to see inside to decide how I feel. The title , well, I would have preferred, “Maggie Learns How To Eat For Health and Move For Muscle” hahahaha. Diet makes me think short-term. I’d prefer, “How to eat and move to feel and look better….”

    Oh, well….review the book. :D

    Reen

    August 30, 2011

    Yeah. Have to say I’m not liking it either, even without opening the book. I would rather children never ever went through what I did as a kid and I would rather children were never taught what “going on a diet” is all about, and instead, only ever knew what eating healthy and finding “activities” that they enjoy.

    I grew up with the phrase “go on a diet” and “get some exercise” my entire life. The more I was told I needed to “go on a diet”, the more I backed away from the whole concept of it.

    And can’t say I like the illustration on the cover either, again, for so many reasons.

    Lsmith

    August 30, 2011

    Um, wow. In reading the Amazon reviews, it seems ridiculous; although I cannot judge because I have NOT read the book myself. I will say that more and more young girls are being troubled with eating disorders. My niece suddenly became a vegetarian and would hardly eat at 10 – you could tell it was peer pressure. It took us telling her that her way of eating wasn’t healthy and that her hair would suffer and begin to fall out. That was all we had to say and she’s doing real well now. I’m just surprised about this book!

    Lsmith

    August 30, 2011

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/08/23/psychiatrist-promotes-controversial-diet-book-for-kids/

    …………………….and I still don’t like it…………….

    anne

    August 30, 2011

    I totally agree….crazy stuff. But if you want to see something crazier (and for a good laugh) click on it’s Amazon page, and scroll down to “Customers who bought this item also bought….” As a mother of three, it put a smile on my face!

    Kim

    August 30, 2011

    If you google his name and book – you can see a news interview that is pretty shocking…. The sad thing is – the book flat out states that when she becomes thin, she becomes popular but while she is “chubby” she just made fun of….

    Natalia

    August 30, 2011

    Wow, I don’t even know what to say. Fail!

    ashleygee

    August 30, 2011

    It’s a ridiculous book. Insulting and degrading to our girls. Maggie loses weight “healthily” in the book, but not because she wants to be healthy. She loses weight so she can be skinny and therefore “pretty,” and all the things “pretty” is supposed to bring us in this culture. Obviously, when we have girls in kindergarten worried about their weight, should we really be publishing/writing books that teach girls (or boys, for that matter) to diet? To start them on that devastating cycle, to teach them anything that says they are not enough already, is absolutely abhorrent to me. It’s psychological torture.

    Oh, and the author of this book? A pot-bellied, middle-aged man. Why is he even interested in how young girls look?

    Frankly I dont need to read this to know that 1) the title is horrible and 100% insinuating that being heavy is wrong 2) the picture supports the title which is 100% wrong & illustrates that carrying weight is wrong 3) it’s written by a man that has no clue what it feels like to be heavy in grammar school, high school , college life in general as a girl, teenage girl, woman, trying to fit in to society, a wedding dress, or an office envionment- annoying and I don’t care that I didn’t read the book or that I am judgy mcjudgstein you can’t successfully write about this subject and educate CHILDREN unless you’ve experienced it. OK off my soapbox.

    michelle

    August 30, 2011

    I can’t even formulate words to convey my disgust at this book.

    T

    August 30, 2011

    My head just exploded.

    Christine

    August 30, 2011

    Grrrrrr

    JessicaEnck

    August 30, 2011

    I wish the title was something closer to, “Maggie Gets Healthy.” :(

    I agree. This is a terrible idea for a book!!!

    One of my life “do-overs” is to go back in time and tell my eleven year old self to NEVER DIET. I honestly think that dieting as a child messed me up more than it helped.

    Mary (A Merry Life)

    August 30, 2011

    Yeah I already wrote about that here:

    http://amerrylife.com/2011/08/18/reading-for-six-year-olds-maggie-goes-on-a-diet/

    Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake

    August 30, 2011

    Yes, I first saw this over at Mary’s blog, and I agree it’s completely ridiculous and sends harmful messages. I hope it’s never published! Children should absolutely never be put on a diet, in my opinion. Start making small, healthy swaps and getting more exercise as a family instead.

    Angie

    August 30, 2011

    It states it is a 14 year old girl who with time, and hard work, got healthy! Sounds great, but the cover is is a little off for me. Not to mention that around 14 is the age where a 20 year diet roller coaster began for me and lots of my school friends. Thats a bad age to put so much focus on dieting instead of teaching a positive self image.

    Abby

    August 30, 2011

    Yep-
    Really dislike this idea. We need to raise our children to eat healthy and encourage them to play physically, not to hate their bodies and learn to diet.

    Jacqui

    August 30, 2011

    I can’t believe a publisher would pick this book up!!!

    Nikki

    August 30, 2011

    Amazon: ”reading level 4-8”

    Uuuuuugghh…….

    RunEatRepeat

    August 30, 2011

    I gasped out loud when I saw that book cover. WTF.

    jean

    August 30, 2011

    Why isnt the title MICHAEL goes on a diet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tami@nutmegnotebook

    August 30, 2011

    It says the book is for age 8 and up -now who would buy this for an 8 year old to read? It is shocking to say the least and the message is so wrong!

    Denise

    August 30, 2011

    Oh my gosh! I am a teacher so I know we shouldn’t judge the book by the cover, but good grief! Girls have enough self-esteem and body issues. There’s no need to title a book (that looks like it’s for young readers, but I could be wrong) that title and think it could help matters. I can’t believe someone thought that was a good idea!

    Denise

    August 30, 2011

    P.S. Jean makes a great point! Why must we always pick on the girls and their weight? I can’t believe parents aren’t more irate. And for 8 year olds? Come on, publishers, know your audience!

    I don’t know. Maybe the book doesn’t get it quite right. And the cover/title need some work. But the message is a good one: you are the one in control of your health. To be healthy, you have to eat right and exercise. The obesity epidemic continues to grow wildly among children. This is the first book I’ve seen that tries to address it.

    As a fat woman, I know that the “I love my body even though I have hypertension and diabetes” line is not 100% accurate. I’m all for self-acceptance. But pretending that children are too young to be fat is something different.

    Maybe it’s time we accept that childhood obesity is a problem that needs a solution.

    That cover really is abominable though.

    Dana

    August 30, 2011

    It bothers me that it was written by a man too. Where did you find this. I am surprised the news hasn’t gotten all over this. Give it a red hot minute, it will be.

    It is WRONG, so wrong.

    Paula

    August 30, 2011

    I don’t like the title or the cover picture. The sad fact is there is an obesity issue in this country. It is sad to see so many overweight children. When I was growing up we did have a few chubbies, but most were average. Today it is different. As parents it is up to us to teach our children healthy habits so they do not have to be subjected to the ridicule that comes with being overweight. Being overweight just makes the teenage years just that more difficult.

    Becky

    August 31, 2011

    Wow, a lot went wrong with this book.

    Have you seen the tags people have given it on Amazon? Fitting.

    Tina

    August 31, 2011

    Wish I could flip through this so I can judge it fairly. Although we all know “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”, appearances and popularity ABSOLUTELY did go hand in hand in my school (both elementary and HS years). If you go to Amazon and look through, there’s an image of Maggie going through the fridge late at night for food/comfort. Geez, that was me then and sometimes is me now. I would have related to this book. Not the teasing part, but definately the self loathing part. The word “diet” could have a positive meaning if we just changed our way of thinking. It would be great if this book showed young girls/boys that the word “diet” refers to choosing healthy balanced meals – not skipping out on a meal and crunching on a carrot for dinner. I hope the book has a lesson in there for the bullies too, not just the Maggies of the world. Oh how I wish that at 8 my parents would have started preparing me healthy meals and taking me on long walks or bike rides after school and working on making me feel fit and healthy.

    michelle

    August 31, 2011

    While on the subject of wrong messages.

    http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/epic-t-shirt-fail-quot-im-too-pretty-to-do-my-homework-so-my-brother-has-to-do-it-for-me-quot-2537106/

    AlleG

    September 1, 2011

    So yesterday morning, my 8 year old daughter told me over breakfast “Mommy, I wish you never gained weight.” I asked her why and she replied, “Because, and I know I’m not supposed to use this word….but I don’t like it that you’re fat.” Whammo. Took all my energy not to burst into tears.

    The fact that my daughter is ashamed and embarrassed of me is bad enough, the fact that I am apparently not serving as a role model and she does not want to become me when she’s older hurts even more, but the fact that, as an 8 year old, she is so focused on weight already and using it as a barometer for someone’s worth is devastating. And then I went online and saw this book, and all I can think is that as much as I’m trying to focus on teaching her about what foods do for your heart, brain, skin, muscles, etc., and not about fat/thin (I won’t use those words in my house), I feel like I’m fighting a losing battle and I’m one person against a world of pressure. Ugh.

    roni

    September 1, 2011

    michelle – I tweeted that out when it was still up. UnFREAKin’ believable!

    michelle

    September 1, 2011

    I so need to get with the Twitter.

    Janice

    September 2, 2011

    The description of the book says she is transformed into a “normal sized girl” I think that is what really gets me. I cannot stand the word “Normal” when describing people.