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-- controversy today over a new book called the Maggie goes on a diet and the book for children tells -- story of an overweight fourteen year old girl and after shedding some pounds.
She gain self esteem she goes on to become the school's soccer star.
And there's two sides to every story is in their sense say deals with the growing problem that is US childhood obesity -- says this book is just plain dangerous we're joined now by the author.
A -- -- and diet Paul Cramer tell Paul you've you've raided net a bunch of children about why did you decide to write one about a little girl going on a diet.
Well it wasn't necessarily for a little girl interest as I wrote up previous -- some boys and girls are more conscientious about Lleyton boys.
Don't I'm not as concerned so that'd be more effective with a girl.
And -- is let's say that's what.
Is -- issue with the ball that little girls grow up into a world where they become very body conscious very early in some of the booksellers say this book is geared towards.
Readers as young as six.
Or maybe a sentence for not not so.
-- -- -- This this book will be read to children and these children my increased six or seven or eight years old.
I'm not advocating never did than any child should go on a diet.
First of all this is that change -- lifestyle.
This is not meant to be to go on -- -- and the word diet.
If if we say what.
What is your diet for today you know what when your daily diet.
It's used in in a lot of different.
I -- on this book mag he's going on a diet well -- -- -- happened to gonna -- -- she made that decision herself.
Because she was fed.
She was He -- all the time.
She could hardly move she loved to play sports.
She would run and shoot forward -- split.
And she wanted to be better so after she goes on a diet -- here's another criticism of the books and say all of the -- she becomes skinny.
And then she becomes popular with the guy she has a great life she's happy she is full of self esteem and sense -- -- and that that's the wrong and manage an ad tying.
Wait to happiness that there's not a direct connection there.
Well -- if one.
And one loses a bunch of -- and one becomes fit.
I think the rewards.
Of just accomplishing that is good enough whether they become a soccer -- not.
Doesn't happen to be a very beautiful girl -- an average girls just.
Think like you rested tales yeah she's -- back -- -- -- and I -- -- an American have the grammar showing the book -- it's not out yet.
But certainly a lot of buzz ahead of its release -- thank you for coming in.
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