I just got back from an amazing week-long vacation and am still trying to get back in the swing of things. I apologize for the lack of blog posts. I think I was in need of a healthy dose of disconnection :). While gathering my thoughts for a new post this morning a friend sent me a link to a new children’s book that will be released in October.
The book is titled, “Maggie Goes On a Diet” and is aimed at young girls, age 6 -12 years old. Aloha publishing provided this description on their site:
Maggie has so much potential that has been hiding under her extra weight. This inspiring story about a 14-year-old who goes on a diet and is transformed from being overweight and insecure to a normal sized teen who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self-image.
I, for one, gasped when I read the description and felt disgusted that this message would be sent to girls at such a young, impressionable age. Women and girls get the “skinny = popular/worthy/lovable” message in an overwhelming amount of ways, I don’t believe we need a children’s book to add to the confusion.
But then, a thought regarding the incredible childhood obesity rate in America crossed my mind….I’m not sure what to do with it, but it’s surely a problem in our society as well. It would be irresponsible of me to ignore that truth.
So I’m curious, what do you think? Is this book an awful idea or does the anti-obesity message need to be heard in a new way? Party in the comments…