If it’s really true that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, then the publicist for the forthcoming children’s book, “Maggie Goes on a Diet” (Aloha Publishers) must think she’s died and gone to heaven. The book isn’t due out until October and but it’s a trending topic online this week.
The book tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl who is unhappy about her weight. After going on a diet and slimming down, she finds new success and popularity at school. This article in the Washington Post details the widespread criticism the book has received.
What’s your take? Are we sending dangerous messages to our teens or does the book serve a useful role in a time when 1 in 3 kids is overweight?
See also: Getting Kids to Eat Healthier