For parents who are concerned that their kids are gaining too much weight, author Paul Kramer thinks he has the perfect solution. Introducing his new book, “Maggie Goes on a Diet.” On his intentions for writing the book, Kramer says, “This book is about a 14-year-old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal-sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image.”
While I think his intentions are all there–and that childhood obesity is damn wrong–I don’t think there should be a book with the word “diet” on the cover. Could you imagine, as a kid, getting this book from a parent? “Happy birthday Maggie, now go on a diet.” I would be mortified. My self-esteem would just plummet. If you’re concerned about your child’s weight gain, here’s an idea: teach them healthy eating yourself.