Maggie Goes On a Diet | Childrens Diet Book

Would You Buy Your Kid a Diet Book?

Mom Jeanine
August 25, 2011

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Yes, this is serious. Maggie Goes on a Diet is a new children’s diet book that’s slated to arrive in bookstores this October.

The story is simple enough. Maggie is 14 and overweight. “Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image” the book description reads.

Seems harmless enough, right? Obesity is a sad reality that some of our children have to deal with, so why not offer a book that puts it all in perspective for them? Call me crazy, but I’m not opposed to children’s diet books. I just think choosing the target audience is critical. And this is where I think Maggie Goes on a Diet fails. The story’s heroine is 14 but the book is written at the reading level of children ages 4-8. Why the disparity?

The fact remains, Maggie is breaking new ground in the world of children’s books and as scary as it is to have to talk to kids about dieting, it’s a reality for some parents. So why not have a book that makes it a little easier?

I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds like it offers a healthy, balanced plan for weight loss and healthy living. It may be sad that we even need books like this, but isn’t is better to have a book the deals with the topic responsibly rather than having children starve themselves… or remain dangerously overweight because no one wants to face reality.

What do you think? Do you think children’s diet books are a bad idea? Would you buy one for your kids? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Skyler Mann
    August 25, 2011

  • Actually, I think this is a VERY smart idea considering the current childhood obesity epidemic. However, as you point out, it needs to be targeted to the right audience. Then again, there ARE dangerously overweight 8-year-olds out there too. Sad, but true.

  • Monica J
    August 25, 2011

  • I don’t think this kind of book is a bad idea. It is realistic and what so many of our children are dealing with today. Childhood obesity is a scary thing, but it needs to be addressed seriously. Children, such as the character, need to know that they are not alone and that there is a way to deal wih their obesity. I’m a little disappointed about the age disparity, but I guess this is a start. I’m dying to read this book now. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hannah
    August 25, 2011

  • I’m torn; I think the idea of working hard to achieve a goal is good, and I think encouraging children to be more physically active is good…. but I don’t think the idea should be centered around doing it to fit into a dress.

    There are ways of getting both ideas across, without looking at a girl and saying, “You’re too big, you should diet.” I think our minds should be set to, “You need to be active for your *health*. If that means that you’re a size 12, then you’re a size 12. If that means that you’re a 0, then ok.” But SKINNY shouldn’t necessarily equate to HEALTHY or HAPPY.

    I don’t know… it’s a dangerous line. I don’t think I would buy it though.