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Diet Book for Kids

The title of my post may have you thinking that this is a review of a diet book for kids or that I am advocating this genre of books. I assure you that is the opposite of what this is about. I rarely get into controversial topics on my blog, but I couldn’t let this one go by without expressing my opinion.

Earlier today on Twitter I saw a retweeted post by a couple of tweeps I follow who advocate for positive body image. The post was about an article on The Women’s Blog of the Guardian website, “A diet book for six-year-old girls: the worst idea ever?” Before I even read the article I agreed with my fellow tweeps that a diet book for kids is terrible. Then I clicked through and read the article and was even more appalled.

According to the blog post, the forthcoming book, “Maggie Goes On a Diet” by Paul A. Kramer is aimed at six to twelve year old girls — the perfect age for girls to develop eating disorders, which will no doubt be further exacerbated by books like this. The book is about a teenage girl who “is transformed from being overweight and insecure to a normal-sized teen who becomes the school soccer star.”

maggie goes on a diet

I have so many problems with this that I don’t even know where to start. First of all, the cover of the book shows the young “overweight” girl holding up a party dress in a mirror, and the reflection back at her is a skinnier version of herself. No wonder we have a society filled with women with body dysmorphic disorder. Second, the fact that the blurb about the book says that the girl goes from being “overweight and insecure” to “normal-sized” and the “school soccer star” implies that to be a star you have to be a so-called “normal” size — whatever that is. That’s some way to build confidence in pre-pubescent girls who will be going through size changes any day.

I can only imagine the kind of parents who would buy this book for their daughters, and I would hope that they seek out some help and think twice before doing so.

What do you think about this book? Please share your opinions! 

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Resolve All Year Long

As soon as the holiday season rolls around, people start thinking about what resolutions they will make come January 1st. It’s certainly a good idea to plan ahead — it’s much better than waiting for New Year’s day. However, the New Year is not the only time that you can resolve to change your behavior.

In my opinion, too much emphasis is placed on making changes at this one specific time of year. The same is true when people decide to go on a “diet” (I put that in quotes because in my opinion a diet is your daily food intake) in preparation for a wedding, a vacation, or what has come to be known as “bathing-suit season” (aka the summer!).

It is definitely important to evaluate your behaviors and determine when to make changes, but self-reflection is best done on a regular and ongoing basis, not just when occasions arise. And in order to make changes successfully, it is important to set goals.

Since so much emphasis is put on making resolutions at this time of year, next week nutritioulicious™ will be dedicated to goal setting. But keep in mind that goal setting should be done all throughout the year — not just one day!