Kids’ Weight Loss Book Sparks Protests

alg_maggie-goes-on-a-dietIt seems everyday there’s a new statistic about which country is fighting obesity, how school lunches and fast food restaurants are offering “healthy” options, and other stories about reducing the weight problem of current and future generations. But a new book about a fourteen years old girl going on a diet has sparked controversy. Discovery News reports:

An upcoming children’s book with the seemingly noninflammatory title “Maggie Goes on a Diet” is causing a firestorm of protest.

According to the book’s description on Amazon.com, “This inspiring story is about a 14-year-old who goes on a diet and is transformed from being overweight and insecure to a normal sized teen who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self-image.”

You’d think that with one-third of American kids overweight or obese, and children experiencing unprecedented weight-related health problems including diabetes, a book about a girl losing weight and gaining self-esteem would be welcomed. Guess again.

Critics and reviewers are blasting the book, which has not been released and which almost no one (including myself or the experts quoted here) have fully read. It’s being called horrible, irresponsible, and dangerous.

[Continues at Discovery News]

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  • http://about.me/Doktor_Wilhelm Doktor Wilhelm

    “You’d think that.. a book about a girl losing weight and gaining self-esteem would be welcomed.” Because overweight people lack self-esteem, and the only way to solve it is losing weight! Anyways what is she doing playing ‘soccer’ once she losers weight; no man is going to want a soccer player for a wife; she should have stayed in the kitchen! Then they can change the title of the book to “Maggie is a cliché”.

  • http://twitter.com/Doktor_Wilhelm Doktor Wilhelm

    “You’d think that.. a book about a girl losing weight and gaining self-esteem would be welcomed.” Because overweight people lack self-esteem, and the only way to solve it is losing weight! Anyways what is she doing playing ‘soccer’ once she losers weight; no man is going to want a soccer player for a wife; she should have stayed in the kitchen! Then they can change the title of the book to “Maggie is a cliché”.

  • http://twitter.com/Doktor_Wilhelm Doktor Wilhelm

    “You’d think that.. a book about a girl losing weight and gaining self-esteem would be welcomed.” Because overweight people lack self-esteem, and the only way to solve it is losing weight! Anyways what is she doing playing ‘soccer’ once she losers weight; no man is going to want a soccer player for a wife; she should have stayed in the kitchen! Then they can change the title of the book to “Maggie is a cliché”.

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  • bobbiethejean

    Fuck the morons protesting this. They’d rather set children up for a lifetime of weight struggles. Assholes. Allowing children to become fat should be considered the worst child abuse. 

    • Fat Girl

      Jesus Christ – does this really need repeating?! Putting a 14 year old girl on a diet IS setting her up for a lifetime of weight struggles!!

    • Tuna Ghost

      “Fat” is a pretty broad term, buddy.  I mean, a lot of children carry that baby fat around for quite a while.  There’s a huge line between obesity and simple chubby children.  It’s not always easy to pick out the kids with healthy diets and active lifestyles from the ones who have neither based soley on their appearance. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    Fuck the morons protesting this. They’d rather set children up for a lifetime of weight struggles. Assholes. Allowing children to become fat should be considered the worst child abuse. 

  • justagirl

    i’m phat.

  • justagirl

    i’m phat.

  • DeepCough

    On the one hand, I would deplore this book trying to manipulate children into the vanity of the culture of physical self-image that drives poor teenagers to anorexia and bullimia in addition to low self-esteem and even suicide–but on the other hand, kids these days are such fat tubs of lard that I’m surprised this new book isn’t sponsored by Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers.

  • DeepCough

    On the one hand, I would deplore this book trying to manipulate children into the vanity of the culture of physical self-image that drives poor teenagers to anorexia and bullimia in addition to low self-esteem and even suicide–but on the other hand, kids these days are such fat tubs of lard that I’m surprised this new book isn’t sponsored by Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers.

  • DeepCough

    On the one hand, I would deplore this book trying to manipulate children into the vanity of the culture of physical self-image that drives poor teenagers to anorexia and bullimia in addition to low self-esteem and even suicide–but on the other hand, kids these days are such fat tubs of lard that I’m surprised this new book isn’t sponsored by Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers.

    • Fat Girl

      Wow I’m so glad you’re not my parent! 

      • ArgosyJones

        Don’t worry, DeepCough would never take away your tub of ice cream.

        • Fat Girl

          Thank fuck for that!! :D Cos mines is maple & pecan and NO you’re NOT gettin any! 

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Small wonder this is getting so much flak…the momentum to overcome people’s inclination to accept themselves and be content no matter what has to be overwhelming…and there is an entire culture of ‘fat is awesome…we are happy this way…other people should strive to be like us’ horseshit especially here in the US.

    There’s self acceptance…and then theres cultlike ritual suicide complete with kind words and backpats along the way. My better half moved on from being a rehab withdraw counselor to being an RN in a skilled care ward. The beds are full of people who ‘accepted’ themselves instead of fighting their problems. 3 and 4 hundred pounders with atrophied limbs and wounds that won’t heal and lung and heart issues and the list goes on and on.

    In this era of growing morbid obesity (not a little fluff around the edges…giant landsliding rolls and pads of morbid early death)…a book like this is a godsend for kids who need to hear and read and believe that they can do and achieve anything they want…with some hard work, discipline and patience.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Small wonder this is getting so much flak…the momentum to overcome people’s inclination to accept themselves and be content no matter what has to be overwhelming…and there is an entire culture of ‘fat is awesome…we are happy this way…other people should strive to be like us’ horseshit especially here in the US.

    There’s self acceptance…and then theres cultlike ritual suicide complete with kind words and backpats along the way. My better half moved on from being a rehab withdraw counselor to being an RN in a skilled care ward. The beds are full of people who ‘accepted’ themselves instead of fighting their problems. 3 and 4 hundred pounders with atrophied limbs and wounds that won’t heal and lung and heart issues and the list goes on and on.

    In this era of growing morbid obesity (not a little fluff around the edges…giant landsliding rolls and pads of morbid early death)…a book like this is a godsend for kids who need to hear and read and believe that they can do and achieve anything they want…with some hard work, discipline and patience.

    • Fat Girl

      “there is an entire culture of ‘fat is awesome…we are happy this way…other people should strive to be like us’ horseshit especially here in the US.”
      Please direct me to this or show me concrete examples, because I would LOVE to see it. 

  • Penguins4life

    Well I guess it easier to pat the kids on the back and let them know that they should be comfortable with how they look always….

    Im not saying looks are everything but god sakes its like people feelings are softer then baby blankets these days. Besides its not like America does not have a obesity problem to which they have found an effective solution.

  • Penguins4life

    Well I guess it easier to pat the kids on the back and let them know that they should be comfortable with how they look always….

    Im not saying looks are everything but god sakes its like people feelings are softer then baby blankets these days. Besides its not like America does not have a obesity problem to which they have found an effective solution.

    • Fat Girl

      Um, yes, you should! The ONLY factor that should make people want to lose weight is their fitness levels NOT conforming to some bullshit societal archetype of skinny = pretty. If you can’t see how this leads to real body image problems, then god help you! 

      And no a cash-in kids book is NOT going to help the US obesity problem. What is going to have more effect on kids – this book or all the endorsements and advertisements for shitty fast foods they see every day?

  • ICE

    spark covertly by  companies that make their whole business out of selling cheap processed food to kids.

  • ICE

    spark covertly by  companies that make their whole business out of selling cheap processed food to kids.

  • Dueyv9

    This book starts off with a character realizing that she is overweight and maybe it would be better for her well- being if she lost some of it. Wow… a 14 yr old being responsible and making a logical decision…… can’t have kids growing up thinking they can make something of themselves.

    I’m also guessing the outrage stems from people jumping to conclusions of what’s in the book. Or…it’s a controversy forced on the people from the powers that be because they don’t like anything that can empower society.

    I remember shortly after 9/11 something about songs and books that were banned from being viewed from somewhere or something and John Lennon’s “Imagine” was one of the songs. What a beautiful song. Something so positive and uplifting can definitely make you cringe when all you want to do is cause fear and war. I’m sure this book doesn’t live up to the message of “Imagine” but you have to give books like this a bad name to keep your sheep in line.

  • Dueyv9

    This book starts off with a character realizing that she is overweight and maybe it would be better for her well- being if she lost some of it. Wow… a 14 yr old being responsible and making a logical decision…… can’t have kids growing up thinking they can make something of themselves.

    I’m also guessing the outrage stems from people jumping to conclusions of what’s in the book. Or…it’s a controversy forced on the people from the powers that be because they don’t like anything that can empower society.

    I remember shortly after 9/11 something about songs and books that were banned from being viewed from somewhere or something and John Lennon’s “Imagine” was one of the songs. What a beautiful song. Something so positive and uplifting can definitely make you cringe when all you want to do is cause fear and war. I’m sure this book doesn’t live up to the message of “Imagine” but you have to give books like this a bad name to keep your sheep in line.

    • Fat Girl

      “it’s a controversy forced on the people from the powers that be because they don’t like anything that can empower society.”

      For real? Do you think the dieting industry actually “empowers” people? Rather than being a gigantic money-making feedback loop endorsed by our capitalist government? The same government who allows sodas and all kinds of crap to be sold in our schools btw. 

      • ArgosyJones

        Have you tried Jenny Craig?

        • Fat Girl

          Well I would have except she ain’t breathin after that time I sat on her! :-D

          Seriously dude, stop trying to troll a fat girl who loves her own body with really boring anti-fat humor. It makes you look like you’re new to this whole trollin’ game. 

  • Gasface

    Well seeing as how most critics and book reviewers are fat pieces of shit who couldn’t run a flight of stairs without puking their guts out or suffering a massive coronary, this really doesn’t surprise me. 

  • Gasface

    Well seeing as how most critics and book reviewers are fat pieces of shit who couldn’t run a flight of stairs without puking their guts out or suffering a massive coronary, this really doesn’t surprise me. 

  • Gasface

    Well seeing as how most critics and book reviewers are fat pieces of shit who couldn’t run a flight of stairs without puking their guts out or suffering a massive coronary, this really doesn’t surprise me. 

    • Fat Girl

      While all internet commentators are just so damn skinny and healthy!

  • Fat Girl

    While I understand people’s concerns over obese youth, y’all are letting that get in the way of seeing this book for what it is – a DIET book aimed at the under tens. And you can’t see the problems with this?! Get a grip!  

    What we are seeing with this book is an incredibly young indoctrination into a bullshit diet culture. ”Going on a diet” is NOT the solution – it implies a non-permanent state and Maggie will balloon back to being a bigger girl as soon as she comes off it. Are we told why Maggie is fat? If it IS because of bad diet, she needs a PERMANENT change, not a temporary one. Will the book address the shopping choices of Maggie’s parents, and the food they put in her mouth? Most likely what Maggie needs is not to go on a diet but to get more exercise. 

    What should be important to Maggie is FITNESS not FATNESS. I do get there is an obesity epidemic, but not everyone is born skinny, that’s just a fact of freakin’ nature. If Maggie is a born-big girl she does NOT need to be dieting before she grows out of her puppy fat stage. Focussing on the “go on a diet” and the “look skinny to get more friends” aspects of a goddam CHILDREN’S book is just so incredibly destructive it blows my mind! As a fat person who has lost a lot of weight I can tell you for a fact that it does not automatically boost your self-esteem. In fact, if your self-esteem is that tied in with your weight, it’s more than likely that the root problems are much bigger than your own body. 

    To put it bluntly this book is going to fuck up a lot of lives, a lot more than it helps, and it’s a real shame all the other commenters here are ignoring that. Y’all are the equivalent of the kids at school who wouldn’t be friends with Maggie cos she’s a fat chick. 

    • Tuna Ghost

      Well the fact of the matter is, since no one has read the contents of the book so far except the author and the publisher, all the complaining from everyone is pretty ridiculous.  If the book turns out to be a “Look Maggy, the boys won’t like you if you’re a fatty!  Be skinny like all the pretty girls!  See how you’re shaped?  Is that how the women in mommy’s magazines are shaped?  Because that is how women are supposed to be shaped, Maggy!  What’s wrong with you?  What’s wrong with your body, Maggy?” deal, then sure, that’s abominable.  

      If the story is that Maggy has developed terrible dietary habits and she wants to change that to avoid a lifetime of heart problems and diabetes, among other terrible ailments, then I don’t see what the problem is.  Childhood obesity in the US is fucking ridiculous.  You can’t deny that.  Sure children are supposed to have baby fat or whatever, but there’s an epidemic of obesity in the US and it’s starting at very young ages.  If the author is trying to educate children on a healthy diet, well that is just super duper.  I want to see less of these fat little bastards sitting around in fast food joints shoveling trash into their slavering maws, associating trans fats and sugars and the resulting feeling with a normal dietary lifestyle.  I want to see less of them sitting down on the playground because running around makes them too tired.  Not just for aesthetic reasons, but because its just really unhealthy and the poor little bastards don’t know any better.

      • Fat Girl

        The title of the book is “Maggie goes on a diet”. The implication of “going on” is that at some point you “come off”. That is the point at which a previously obese person will start to regain the weight their body had become accustomed to over the years, and this is where health problems occur. 

        “If the story is that Maggy has developed terrible dietary habits and she wants to change that to avoid a lifetime of heart problems and diabetes” then surely the book should be called “Maggie changes her diet”. 

        It’s pretty simple, and this doesn’t even take into account the fact that sugarry/fatty/salty food is the only food some sections of society can afford.  

        • Tuna Ghost

          I think you’re taking on far too many assumptions based soley on wording of the book title. 

          It’s pretty simple, and this doesn’t even take into account the fact that sugarry/fatty/salty food is the only food some sections of society can afford.

          No it probably doesn’t, and there is no obligation for it to either.  That’s not the point of the book.  Just because some areas of society don’t have as much access to healthier foods doesn’t mean this needs to be mentioned in every young adult book about changing what you eat. 

          • Fat Girl

            And I think you are being blindly naive in saying these “assumptions” probably don’t exist, based on a title that already enforces them. 

            “Just because some areas of society don’t have as much access to healthier foods doesn’t mean this needs to be mentioned in every young adult book about changing what you eat.”

            Um, actually, yes it does. Unless what you are writing is a children’s diet book that is aimed exclusively at the upper middle classes and above? The ones that can already afford to send their kids to fat camps and diet centres? Perhaps this IS the target market for “MGOAD” but I doubt it. And it’s not just “some areas of society”, it’s THE MOST effected areas of society (the poor) that need help and proper dietary guidelines. To not mention this would be grossly irresponsible. 
            My own personal opinion (and yes it is just that) is that this book is going to help very few people. It will be bought by parents as a potential quick fix for their kids. The parents will do very little to change their kids’ diets, thinking the book will do all the work for them. Meanwhile, the kids have the subtly destructive thoughts implanted in their minds: “this is how we should/could live”, “you too can look like Maggie” while reality and society prevents them from being able to. It all just leads back into the ole feedback loop of feeling shitty about your body and then eating to feel good. What we are seeing here is nothing more than another bullshit pipe-dream pumped out by The Spectacle that will achieve very little except instilling more low self-esteem as kids fail to live up to a book’s flawed logic and unobtainable ideals. And the commenters on this supposedly forward-thinking site are simply braying, howling sports fans taking part in the age old ritual of “pick on the fat kid”. 

        • ArgosyJones

          The implication of “going on” is that at some point you “come off”.
          Well, In your case…
          But seriously, that is not implied by the ordinary english sense of the sentence. GTFO.

          • Fat Girl

            “that is not implied by the ordinary english sense of the sentence.”
            Holy shit dude!! Are you fer real!? BWAHAHAHA!!! 

            You know, I said you were a crappy troll earlier, but you ARE good for unintentional laughs!
            But seriously, you should get yer ass back to Troll 101, and take some extra English grammar classes while you’re there.

  • Fat Girl

    While I understand people’s concerns over obese youth, y’all are letting that get in the way of seeing this book for what it is – a DIET book aimed at the under tens. And you can’t see the problems with this?! Get a grip!  

    What we are seeing with this book is an incredibly young indoctrination into a bullshit diet culture. ”Going on a diet” is NOT the solution – it implies a non-permanent state and Maggie will balloon back to being a bigger girl as soon as she comes off it. Are we told why Maggie is fat? If it IS because of bad diet, she needs a PERMANENT change, not a temporary one. Will the book address the shopping choices of Maggie’s parents, and the food they put in her mouth? Most likely what Maggie needs is not to go on a diet but to get more exercise. 

    What should be important to Maggie is FITNESS not FATNESS. I do get there is an obesity epidemic, but not everyone is born skinny, that’s just a fact of freakin’ nature. If Maggie is a born-big girl she does NOT need to be dieting before she grows out of her puppy fat stage. Focussing on the “go on a diet” and the “look skinny to get more friends” aspects of a goddam CHILDREN’S book is just so incredibly destructive it blows my mind! As a fat person who has lost a lot of weight I can tell you for a fact that it does not automatically boost your self-esteem. In fact, if your self-esteem is that tied in with your weight, it’s more than likely that the root problems are much bigger than your own body. 

    To put it bluntly this book is going to fuck up a lot of lives, a lot more than it helps, and it’s a real shame all the other commenters here are ignoring that. Y’all are the equivalent of the kids at school who wouldn’t be friends with Maggie cos she’s a fat chick. 

  • Fat Girl

    While I understand people’s concerns over obese youth, y’all are letting that get in the way of seeing this book for what it is – a DIET book aimed at the under tens. And you can’t see the problems with this?! Get a grip!  

    What we are seeing with this book is an incredibly young indoctrination into a bullshit diet culture. ”Going on a diet” is NOT the solution – it implies a non-permanent state and Maggie will balloon back to being a bigger girl as soon as she comes off it. Are we told why Maggie is fat? If it IS because of bad diet, she needs a PERMANENT change, not a temporary one. Will the book address the shopping choices of Maggie’s parents, and the food they put in her mouth? Most likely what Maggie needs is not to go on a diet but to get more exercise. 

    What should be important to Maggie is FITNESS not FATNESS. I do get there is an obesity epidemic, but not everyone is born skinny, that’s just a fact of freakin’ nature. If Maggie is a born-big girl she does NOT need to be dieting before she grows out of her puppy fat stage. Focussing on the “go on a diet” and the “look skinny to get more friends” aspects of a goddam CHILDREN’S book is just so incredibly destructive it blows my mind! As a fat person who has lost a lot of weight I can tell you for a fact that it does not automatically boost your self-esteem. In fact, if your self-esteem is that tied in with your weight, it’s more than likely that the root problems are much bigger than your own body. 

    To put it bluntly this book is going to fuck up a lot of lives, a lot more than it helps, and it’s a real shame all the other commenters here are ignoring that. Y’all are the equivalent of the kids at school who wouldn’t be friends with Maggie cos she’s a fat chick. 

  • Fat Girl

    “there is an entire culture of ‘fat is awesome…we are happy this way…other people should strive to be like us’ horseshit especially here in the US.”
    Please direct me to this or show me concrete examples, because I would LOVE to see it. 

  • Fat Girl

    “there is an entire culture of ‘fat is awesome…we are happy this way…other people should strive to be like us’ horseshit especially here in the US.”
    Please direct me to this or show me concrete examples, because I would LOVE to see it. 

  • Fat Girl

    “it’s a controversy forced on the people from the powers that be because they don’t like anything that can empower society.”

    For real? Do you think the dieting industry actually “empowers” people? Rather than being a gigantic money-making feedback loop endorsed by our capitalist government? The same government who allows sodas and all kinds of crap to be sold in our schools btw. 

  • Fat Girl

    “it’s a controversy forced on the people from the powers that be because they don’t like anything that can empower society.”

    For real? Do you think the dieting industry actually “empowers” people? Rather than being a gigantic money-making feedback loop endorsed by our capitalist government? The same government who allows sodas and all kinds of crap to be sold in our schools btw. 

  • Fat Girl

    Wow I’m so glad you’re not my parent! 

  • Fat Girl

    Jesus Christ – does this really need repeating?! Putting a 14 year old girl on a diet IS setting her up for a lifetime of weight struggles!!

  • Tuna Ghost

    Well the fact of the matter is, since no one has read the contents of the book so far except the author and the publisher, all the complaining from everyone is pretty ridiculous.  If the book turns out to be a “Look Maggy, the boys won’t like you if you’re a fatty!  Be skinny like all the pretty girls!  See how you’re shaped?  Is that how the women in mommy’s magazines are shaped?  Because that is how women are supposed to be shaped, Maggy!  What’s wrong with you?  What’s wrong with your body, Maggy?” deal, then sure, that’s abominable.  

    If the story is that Maggy has developed terrible dietary habits and she wants to change that to avoid a lifetime of heart problems and diabetes, among other terrible ailments, then I don’t see what the problem is.  Childhood obesity in the US is fucking ridiculous.  You can’t deny that.  Sure children are supposed to have baby fat or whatever, but there’s an epidemic of obesity in the US and it’s starting at very young ages.  If the author is trying to educate children on a healthy diet, well that is just super duper.  I want to see less of these fat little bastards sitting around in fast food joints shoveling trash into their slavering maws, associating trans fats and sugars and the resulting feeling with a normal dietary lifestyle.  I want to see less of them sitting down on the playground because running around makes them too tired.  Not just for aesthetic reasons, but because its just really unhealthy and the poor little bastards don’t know any better.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Well the fact of the matter is, since no one has read the contents of the book so far except the author and the publisher, all the complaining from everyone is pretty ridiculous.  If the book turns out to be a “Look Maggy, the boys won’t like you if you’re a fatty!  Be skinny like all the pretty girls!  See how you’re shaped?  Is that how the women in mommy’s magazines are shaped?  Because that is how women are supposed to be shaped, Maggy!  What’s wrong with you?  What’s wrong with your body, Maggy?” deal, then sure, that’s abominable.  

    If the story is that Maggy has developed terrible dietary habits and she wants to change that to avoid a lifetime of heart problems and diabetes, among other terrible ailments, then I don’t see what the problem is.  Childhood obesity in the US is fucking ridiculous.  You can’t deny that.  Sure children are supposed to have baby fat or whatever, but there’s an epidemic of obesity in the US and it’s starting at very young ages.  If the author is trying to educate children on a healthy diet, well that is just super duper.  I want to see less of these fat little bastards sitting around in fast food joints shoveling trash into their slavering maws, associating trans fats and sugars and the resulting feeling with a normal dietary lifestyle.  I want to see less of them sitting down on the playground because running around makes them too tired.  Not just for aesthetic reasons, but because its just really unhealthy and the poor little bastards don’t know any better.

  • Tuna Ghost

    No one has read the book yet, correct?  I mean, so far only the author and the publisher know what the actual contents of the book are, yes?  What the hell does anyone have to actually complain about?  The very notion of an obese teenager wanting to change her shape?  

    There’s all kinds of ways this book could turn out to be something completely disgusting, some kind of “you don’t look like the girls on TV, that’s bad and you should feel bad” message, but I’m really doubting that’s going to be the case.  There’s an obesity problem in the US quite aside from the body-image issues the media there gives out by the handful every day, its likely the book is going to address that through a teenager discovering what a healthy dietary lifestyle actually is, combined with a “but really, you’re okay no matter what your shape is” message.  If they wanted to make a diet book aimed at younger teens, they would’ve just made one.  I’m sure someone already has.  

  • Tuna Ghost

    No one has read the book yet, correct?  I mean, so far only the author and the publisher know what the actual contents of the book are, yes?  What the hell does anyone have to actually complain about?  The very notion of an obese teenager wanting to change her shape?  

    There’s all kinds of ways this book could turn out to be something completely disgusting, some kind of “you don’t look like the girls on TV, that’s bad and you should feel bad” message, but I’m really doubting that’s going to be the case.  There’s an obesity problem in the US quite aside from the body-image issues the media there gives out by the handful every day, its likely the book is going to address that through a teenager discovering what a healthy dietary lifestyle actually is, combined with a “but really, you’re okay no matter what your shape is” message.  If they wanted to make a diet book aimed at younger teens, they would’ve just made one.  I’m sure someone already has.  

  • Fat Girl

    The title of the book is “Maggie goes on a diet”. The implication of “going on” is that at some point you “come off”. That is the point at which a previously obese person will start to regain the weight their body had become accustomed to over the years, and this is where health problems occur. 

    “If the story is that Maggy has developed terrible dietary habits and she wants to change that to avoid a lifetime of heart problems and diabetes” then surely the book should be called “Maggie changes her diet”. 

    It’s pretty simple, and this doesn’t even take into account the fact that sugarry/fatty/salty food is the only food some sections of society can afford.  

  • Fat Girl

    While all internet commentators are just so damn skinny and healthy!

  • Fat Girl

    While all internet commentators are just so damn skinny and healthy!

  • Tuna Ghost

    I think you’re taking on far too many assumptions based soley on wording of the book title. 

    It’s pretty simple, and this doesn’t even take into account the fact that sugarry/fatty/salty food is the only food some sections of society can afford.

    No it probably doesn’t, and there is no obligation for it to either.  That’s not the point of the book.  Just because some areas of society don’t have as much access to healthier foods doesn’t mean this needs to be mentioned in every young adult book about changing what you eat. 

  • Tuna Ghost

    “Fat” is a pretty broad term, buddy.  I mean, a lot of children carry that baby fat around for quite a while.  There’s a huge line between obesity and simple chubby children.  It’s not always easy to pick out the kids with healthy diets and active lifestyles from the ones who have neither based soley on their appearance. 

  • Tuna Ghost

    “Fat” is a pretty broad term, buddy.  I mean, a lot of children carry that baby fat around for quite a while.  There’s a huge line between obesity and simple chubby children.  It’s not always easy to pick out the kids with healthy diets and active lifestyles from the ones who have neither based soley on their appearance. 

  • Tuna Ghost

    “Fat” is a pretty broad term, buddy.  I mean, a lot of children carry that baby fat around for quite a while.  There’s a huge line between obesity and simple chubby children.  It’s not always easy to pick out the kids with healthy diets and active lifestyles from the ones who have neither based soley on their appearance. 

  • Tuna Ghost

    “Fat” is a pretty broad term, buddy.  I mean, a lot of children carry that baby fat around for quite a while.  There’s a huge line between obesity and simple chubby children.  It’s not always easy to pick out the kids with healthy diets and active lifestyles from the ones who have neither based soley on their appearance. 

  • Fat Girl

    And I think you are being blindly naive in saying these “assumptions” probably don’t exist, based on a title that already enforces them. 

    “Just because some areas of society don’t have as much access to healthier foods doesn’t mean this needs to be mentioned in every young adult book about changing what you eat.”

    Um, actually, yes it does. Unless what you are writing is a children’s diet book that is aimed exclusively at the upper middle classes and above? The ones that can already afford to send their kids to fat camps and diet centres? Perhaps this IS the target market for “MGOAD” but I doubt it. And it’s not just “some areas of society”, it’s THE MOST effected areas of society (the poor) that need help and proper dietary guidelines. To not mention this would be grossly irresponsible. 
    My own personal opinion (and yes it is just that) is that this book is going to help very few people. It will be bought by parents as a potential quick fix for their kids. The parents will do very little to change their kids’ diets, thinking the book will do all the work for them. Meanwhile, the kids have the subtly destructive thoughts implanted in their minds: “this is how we should/could live”, “you too can look like Maggie” while reality and society prevents them from being able to. It all just leads back into the ole feedback loop of feeling shitty about your body and then eating to feel good. What we are seeing here is nothing more than another bullshit pipe-dream pumped out by The Spectacle that will achieve very little except instilling more low self-esteem as kids fail to live up to a book’s flawed logic and unobtainable ideals. And the commenters on this supposedly forward-thinking site are simply braying, howling sports fans taking part in the age old ritual of “pick on the fat kid”. 

  • ArgosyJones
  • ArgosyJones

    Don’t worry, DeepCough would never take away your tub of ice cream.

  • ArgosyJones

    The implication of “going on” is that at some point you “come off”.
    Well, In your case…
    But seriously, that is not implied by the ordinary english sense of the sentence. GTFO.

  • ArgosyJones

    Have you tried Jenny Craig?

  • AmusedByItAll

    I clicked over to the full story and there was a pretty good argument FOR the book until I saw two things: 

    1) The reviewer said it wasn’t like Maggie was trying to be a Barbie doll, yet if you look at that dress on the cover, it WOULD take a starvation diet for her to fit into it quickly. Where’s the “soccer star”?

    2) It is aimed at ages 4-8 year olds, which is a bit young to push the diet thing as those kids are still subject to “baby fat”. I am more concerned about the second point because little girls are already being called “fat” by the time they hit Kindergarten, both by peers and by “well-meaning” adults in gymnastics/dance/soccer settings. A tiny bit of “toddler tummy” is enough for an ad hominem attack on a small child that cannot control the rate at (usually) she “grows out of it”.

    And, yes–girls are called “fat” for that “tummy” and made fun of. Boys are merely called “husky”. A book like this is not going to change the perception and might even have an adverse affect, because little kids are the most impressionable–despite the author thinking kids won’t be influenced by Teacher reading it over and over while emphasizing how fat Maggie is before she loses the weight.You don’t think that will happen? Ever go to story time at your kids’ preschool and listen to HOW a teacher reads?

  • Anonymous

    I clicked over to the full story and there was a pretty good argument FOR the book until I saw two things: 

    1) The reviewer said it wasn’t like Maggie was trying to be a Barbie doll, yet if you look at that dress on the cover, it WOULD take a starvation diet for her to fit into it quickly. Where’s the “soccer star”?

    2) It is aimed at ages 4-8 year olds, which is a bit young to push the diet thing as those kids are still subject to “baby fat”. I am more concerned about the second point because little girls are already being called “fat” by the time they hit Kindergarten, both by peers and by “well-meaning” adults in gymnastics/dance/soccer settings. A tiny bit of “toddler tummy” is enough for an ad hominem attack on a small child that cannot control the rate at (usually) she “grows out of it”.

    And, yes–girls are called “fat” for that “tummy” and made fun of. Boys are merely called “husky”. A book like this is not going to change the perception and might even have an adverse affect, because little kids are the most impressionable–despite the author thinking kids won’t be influenced by Teacher reading it over and over while emphasizing how fat Maggie is before she loses the weight.You don’t think that will happen? Ever go to story time at your kids’ preschool and listen to HOW a teacher reads?

  • Fat Gril

    Sorry bud but “fat acceptance movement” does not equal “fat is awesome & other people should strive to be like us”. I might budge on “we are happy this way”, but I just get the feeling you’re the kinda guy who equates anti-Islamophpbia with bringin in Sharia Law. 

    So nope, you’re still lickin your own shit up this time :)

  • Fat Girl

    Thank fuck for that!! :D Cos mines is maple & pecan and NO you’re NOT gettin any! 

  • Fat Girl

    Well I would have except she ain’t breathin after that time I sat on her! :-D

    Seriously dude, stop trying to troll a fat girl who loves her own body with really boring anti-fat humor. It makes you look like you’re new to this whole trollin’ game. 

  • Fat Girl

    “that is not implied by the ordinary english sense of the sentence.”
    Holy shit dude!! Are you fer real!? BWAHAHAHA!!! 

    You know, I said you were a crappy troll earlier, but you ARE good for unintentional laughs!
    But seriously, you should get yer ass back to Troll 101, and take some extra English grammar classes while you’re there.

  • Fat Girl

    Um, yes, you should! The ONLY factor that should make people want to lose weight is their fitness levels NOT conforming to some bullshit societal archetype of skinny = pretty. If you can’t see how this leads to real body image problems, then god help you! 

    And no a cash-in kids book is NOT going to help the US obesity problem. What is going to have more effect on kids – this book or all the endorsements and advertisements for shitty fast foods they see every day?

  • Shellbc3

    I am so proud of Maggie.  I think it is wonderful to teach about the importance of diet and exercise at an early age.  Thin is always in !!!!  Look at Michelle Obama she is endorsing ever bit of this trying to fight childhood obesity.  I love this book and can’t wait for my child to read it !!!!
    Mrs. Williams

  • Shellbc3

    I am so proud of Maggie.  I think it is wonderful to teach about the importance of diet and exercise at an early age.  Thin is always in !!!!  Look at Michelle Obama she is endorsing ever bit of this trying to fight childhood obesity.  I love this book and can’t wait for my child to read it !!!!
    Mrs. Williams