I am curious what you think about this book? I just heard about it this morning and thought to myself...book for kids to learn to diet and be thin so people will like you and you will finally be happy??? Really??? I get that our kids should not be at unhealthy weights, but to make them responsible for their own success in that? What about the parental role in teaching your kids the right way to eat? Obviously if Maggie was able to diet and choose better foods and more physical activity in order to loose weight, she had a problem. But was the problem hers or her parents?
I am getting a mixed message about the book...
“Losing the weight was not only good for Maggie’s health, Maggie was so much happier and was also very proud of herself.” - I agree, a healthy child is a happy child, success is always good when its motivation is being healthy.
“More and more people were beginning to know Maggie by name. Playing soccer gave Maggie popularity and fame.” - OK...so, the only way my child will be popular is if she is thin and can play sports? Otherwise, will you dismiss my child? Is my child being taught that they are worthless if not thin and popular?
It's bad enough that magazines make it seem as though a size "0" is the emblem of beauty for women...now a children's book is going to do the same for our children? Let's keep in mind, this book is geared for girls ages 4-10ish.
I am leaning towards not liking the book...What is your thought on this???