The Amazon description of the book is as follows: "This book is about 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."
There are so many problems with this book, I don't even know where to start.
1) Young girls should not be dieting - Even though this author defends this trash as motivation for healthy eating, it actually is motivation for developing an eating disorder.
2) Young girls should not be concerned with dieting - Parents need to take responsibility for teaching their children about living a happy life. This includes indulging in treats AND healthy eating. It also includes helping them build a good self esteem by accepting their bodies for what they are and teaching them to reject extreme social standards.
3) The focus is not on health - This book guises it's mission to promote poor body image with the promise of teaching children about health. The book clearly provides the message that in order to be popular, successful and beautiful Maggie needs to lose weight. It also paints the picture that being big means wearing frumpy clothes instead of pretty pink dresses.
4) Dieting is not a long term solution if health is the goal - First of all, health needs to be about all things that make one a happy person, not just weight. If one wants to diet to lose weight, they will likely fail because dieting is not realistic to living a regular life. Who can live a complete life of starving oneself and rejecting any indulgences...things that make us happy...like pizza. I couldn't live without pizza. To back that up, here's an interesting stat: Adolescent girls who diet are at 324% greater risk for obesity than those who do not diet (Stice et al., 1999). Thanks nedic!
I really hope that parents are not buying this book for their children...it is one that promotes a horrible message to young girls. there are already enough pressures out there...we don't need more...especially when a grown man is writing about the bodies of young girls...like come on! This guy isn't qualified to write about girls bodies....has he ever been a chubby girl going through puberty??? Is he a doctor?? No!
Speaking of doctors...just another mini tangent. A plastic surgeon wrote a similar book about a mother going through plastic surgery to become beautiful. The book is called My Beautiful Mommy and it was written by Michael Saultzer. Oh my god. Why do children need to read these books? I just really hope that parents do not buy these books for their children...regardless of their own body issues and what they decide to do to make them feel better, we need to teach young girls to love and accept their bodies for everything they are. My opinion if you are going to have surgery to improve your looks and you have children....lie to them and do not tell them you are getting surgery because you do not like the way you look. Why? Because they love the way you look, you are their parent...their superhero!
What do you all think about books like these? Let's ban and burn them all!