It follows a 14-year-old overweight girl who trims down to a ‘normal’ size through hard work and exercise!
Campaigners are up in arms about Maggie Goes On A Diet, claiming it will encourage kids to starve themselves. They want it pulled from the shelves of Barnes & Noble and online sellers like Amazon. How did it ever get published?
The book, written by Hawaiian author Paul Kramer, is still on pre-sale, but it’s stirring up a huge storm.
It has a recommended reading age of 6-12 and according to the blurb it follows “a 14- year-old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image.”
Susan Ringwood, head of eating disorder charity Beat is horrified. She tells the Daily Mail, “Concerns about weight, size and shape are beginning to affect children at ever younger ages. Six and seven-year-olds already believe that their size tells the world what sort of person they are, and that big equals fat equals unpopular.”
Unless their weight is affecting their health — six to 12 year olds DO NOT need to worry about dieting.
It was recently revealed girls as young as FIVE are being hospitalized because they’re suffering anorexia, and books like this are why!
It should be pulled from sale immediately.
Do you agree, HollyMoms?
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