Growing up too fast or growing up too fat?
Susie Maloney on her new book 'The Thirteen'
- Duration 6:04
- Date Apr 4, 2012
Susie Maloney on her new book 'The Thirteen'
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Our we know that kids are grown up too fast -- they also growing up too -- and I realize that is a politically incorrect word.
I'm overweight experiences he's a better word that I don't care that's the title of our segment joining us now is the author although the book.
-- -- joins us now and -- -- if you want to.
Find out more about this year as a web site it is Susie Maloney dot com to have that right that's right -- Maloney dot com and by the way this is a William Morrow an imprint of harpercollins publisher who -- meaning -- who publish this book OK that's an ominous title.
It's actually a novel right but I I have a daughter my oldest daughter.
You're my youngest is thirteen.
I've already gone through with my oldest daughter that she's about -- -- talk to us about this.
Well the book is as a about -- essentially but it -- it's really about is mother daughter relationships.
And the the story that started this won't subject was the mother who wrote about her daughter being put on -- -- and Vogue Magazine.
The child was seven -- -- cheese yeah and so there's there's a look awful lot of chatter.
On the Internet about whether or not that child was going up to testing forced to grow up too fast and went.
I feel is that we all grow up too fast and it's not growing up too fast that's the issue it's that.
Little girls are losing their innocence to send.
Well I think that if the global village is -- a wonderful thing is one of the Internet it's you know the Internet is now -- the new book of knowledge and and it everyone has access to even with save searches on Google and Yahoo!.
The occasional thing still creeps up for instance I was as an experiment.
I thought if a child is doing their homework on the Internet.
Magna -- that's what -- great three.
So you -- Magna Carta and you look at images and some while you do get you know the standard images of the magna -- you also gets.
Terribly inflammatory images of this avatar from the games and video game.
-- car and a and you know she's very tall and impossibly long legs and -- impossibly.
Large -- -- And it after a little girl 078910.
Going on and -- for their homework.
Which -- is almost instantly confronted with is the fact that she's too short she's too fat she's too human.
He did it theory self image.
Problem among kids these days is -- is there are a lot of pressure.
On them to look a particular way.
-- absolutely I think there's a lot of pressure on all women on all people.
To look a certain way and when you -- -- that child goes up -- outside of the health issues which of course -- extreme.
And if you're -- when your child you have an 80% chance of being obese as an adult.
And so when you do have a weight problem.
It's something that everywhere and can see.
And it's distracting from who you really are sure whether you're an adult her child and if your child.
And your image is suddenly that you are fat.
Then that sadly carries over with your self esteem into adulthood.
Whether you -- -- or not.
Childhood obesity we know statistically is on the rise.
-- One of my daughters played out -- the child and she.
She didn't mean to be -- goal there was another child we -- at some location and -- mother brought her daughter and not saying man.
And the child was a -- And my daughter -- sort of whispered to me afterwards dad why does that happen what you and why isn't that mother doing something.
That's a good points that she raise the fact is as you know genetically we're all different and some people.
Just genetically -- little more weight than others.
And there's -- and that's why and when television and the Internet can be so damaging because the fact the sad fact is.
Is that we are victims of our genetics.
And so if you are genetically picked -- -- -- -- -- -- -- To carry more weight -- you are to be happy or.
To be fast you know then there's very little that you can do it about that and when you do attempt to do something about it is that it's a lot of work.
This child and you -- that child on a diet issue.
Is -- it it could be -- it could be that the child is going to be happy.
Or it could be that you know the putting an election wait for that growth expert that's coming up.
And you don't know and so I think that the controversy about putting a child on a diet is about that you don't really know if it's appropriate at that time.
-- does seven year old and a diet -- -- know that's -- that is a big big growing years but I believe that the child that.
Sparked the whole controversy.
I think that she was actually.
About six inches shorter than I was when I left high school.
And she weighed about almost ten pounds more than I did so we are talking about a great deal of -- that.
And her mother did.
I think the right thing.
By nipping in and -- Susie Maloney author of the thirteen it's a novel I love.
These subtitled down here the circle of friends can get you through anything this circle of witches.
Will drag you through hell that's too.
Yeah -- -- 8 deaths and I am not given this up.
The you -- find out more about it at Susie Maloney dot com thanks for dropping by thanks having good this.