Best Diet Plans Not for Children? Furor Raised Over New Children’s Book

Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2011 at 2:03 am

Quite a furor has been raised over an upcoming children’s book.  Both critics and reviewers are blasting the publication — even though it has not been released, and to the best of most people’s knowledge, no one has been able to read an advanced copy of it.  What is all the hubbub about?  Perhaps the title says it all:  Maggie goes on a Diet. Huh?  Why is a book about a 14 year old girl who goes on a diet and, reportedly, is transformed from an insecure overweight girl to a teenager who becomes a soccer star for her school considered controversial?  When you consider over a third of all American kids are overweight and many suffer from health-related problems caused by their condition, any book about the best diet plans would be well received.  Not so.  One critic from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UC Berkley said that children should “not be put on a calorie restricted diet that can stunt growth.  They should grow into their weight.”

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