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Maggie Goes on a Diet 29233

In October, a children's book called Maggie Goes on a Diet will be self-published by author Paul Kramer.  The blurb describing the book on Amazon.com reads, "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."

Amazon's comment boards had more than 150 posts on the book, mostly decrying the notion of a diet-themed storybook listed as intended for children aged 4 to 8. "It takes so little to trigger eating disorders in children and teenagers and this could be such a huge trigger," said one commenter.

Others welcomed the book as a potentially healthy message for children, with The Los Angeles Times calling it "the sensible way" to teach children about weight loss.