Children's book “Maggie Goes On A Diet” raises quite a storm
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Children's book “Maggie Goes On A Diet” raises quite a storm

Anahola : HI : USA | Aug 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM PDT
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Report By: Nina Rai

Hawai, Aug 24, 2011:

A children's book called "Maggie Goes on a Diet", has kicked up quite a controversy, with critics panning the book for instigating children as young as six to go on diet. The work ‘Maggie Goes on a Diet,’ is written in verse and aimed at young children as old as six years.

The book narrates a story of a 14-year-old girl Maggie who is on the plumper side and therefore caught in a negative image of herself. The book go on to narrate how Maggie then ‘transforms’ her life by shedding her weight to accomplish her dreams of becoming a school “Soccer Star.”

The American author and father Paul M. Kramer of this 44-page book said that his intention was only to narrate a story to entice and make the children feel good about themselves, so that they can find out new forms of eating. They would learn to do daily exercise by trying to imitate Maggie and learn from her experience.

While the book is set to hit the stores only in October of 2011, it has already garnered much publicity, albeit negatively from people who have urged parents to boycott this book. Allegedly groups of nutritionists as well as child psychologists are raising their voices against Kramer's book which they opine is creating and promoting a false impression and could even influence young kids to go on a diet to reduce weight.

However, relationship expert Logan Levkoff the author of "Third Base Ain't What it Used to Be" believes the opposite is true as this book has once again raked up the hullabaloo around eating disorders and anorexia.

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Author Paul Kramer defended his controversial children's book "Maggie Goes on a Diet" by saying a book about a dieting teenage girl helps kids make healthy choices.
Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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