A recent book, Maggie Goes on a Diet, based on kid’s healthy eating, has grabbed a huge public attention in a short span of time and triggered controversy. While commenting on the book, Dawn Rutledge, parent of two young daughters who had a bad experience with an eating disorder, said: "It scares me that and I think it's also dangerous that they start dieting at an age like Maggie's age”.
Cover page of the book depicts a 14-year-old girl is looking into a mirror, and documents her transformation where she has lost weight through participating in various games including soccer and gained huge popularity.
At present, girls are very enthusiastic to follow skinny culture. Therefore, parents have raised concerns that images that inspire the youth to develop a skinny body are dangerous, especially for girls, and therefore, scared about the impacts of this book.
On the other hand, the author of the book, Paul Kramer, has faced huge criticism for making poor use of term ‘diet’. However, the author had attempted defending the term citing that it establishes a connection with the audience. Still, critics have claimed that the author has failed at choosing better words like healthy or lifestyle.
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