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Maggie Goes on A Diet Hardcover – December 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Aloha Publishers (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981974554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981974552
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I saw a blurb about this book in People magazine and immediately felt enraged.
Enraged
Diets are not the answer to helping children reach their healthy weight, in fact many children who are put on diets end up developing eating disorders later in life!
lilbuggie
Her Mother should have done that in a manner that would be healthy and not from a book written by an adult male!
Wicked

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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Maria on October 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Please refer to these children's books.

Fit Freddy - 5 Stars
Eddie Shapes Up - 4 1/2 Stars

I'm surprised by how many people there are here who are appalled at the idea of a young girl making smart decisions about dieting and exercise, but when there's a little boy making the same choices it's regarded as a great read that both boys and girls enjoy. Obesity is considered a disease now. That is how far this health problem has had to go - to the point where lifestyle choices can be an "illness". It's fine to be a little on the big side, and everyone deserves to be treated like a human being regardless of how they look. But anyone who's okay with letting children grow up with the health problems that come with obesity are the delusional ones. Pay attention and face the facts.

And where is this whole thing about her becoming too sexy coming from? Is your perception of what makes women sexy really watered down to if they're thin, it's hot? This isn't "Maggie Gets Implants".
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37 of 51 people found the following review helpful By lifelong dancer on December 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Putting the pressure on girls that not only must they lose weight, but also they must become extremely popular super-heroines (e.g., soccer stars)after they slim down is the wrong approach. Their own health and well-being should be the ONLY issue; happiness, popularity, success, and any other issues are NOT required. It's like those stories of dogs who receive the love and appreciation they deserve and need only after they become heroes or heroines by rescuing a child from a fire or some such thing, rather than for being the loving and protective companions that they innately are.

It is true that overweight children of both genders suffer from social abuse and rejection, but so do overly thin ones, kids with eyeglasses, gay kids, children from any kind of unusual families, different skin colors, and any number of other meaningless and cruel reasons. Whether they can change any of these or not, there will always be "stars," ordinary people, and "losers." As almost everyone knows, even slender people can be lacking in self-confidence and social comfort.

Losing weight is seldom the answer to the array of social and family issues that this book claims that it is; lovely for the girl if she always wanted to succeed in something that was helped by her losing weight -- but have you noticed how it is always portrayed as "losing weight," and never "gaining health" (or "losing virginity" & not "gaining sexuality"?

Every woman who has been on a diet, or several, knows that "diets" do not work in the long run; only lifestyle changes and wholesome eating patterns, not rigid diets, do. In fact, most mainstream "diets" include wheat and dairy products, which are extremely harmful to many of us.

The only redeeming quality of this book is that is does show that a girl can exercise some personal power over her own life, and that, I agree, is good.
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72 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Wicked on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A young girl goes on a "diet" and you think this is okay? She gets thin and is suddenly the star of the team and has tons of friends. This is the message we are sending to our girls? If you are skinny....you are now perfect,popular and will get friends. It wouldn't have been so bad if Maggie had a friend before she got thin but to be made the butt of bullies? And this piece of drivel was written by an adult! If it had been Maggie Gets Healthy (along with a good friend) it wouldn't have been as sick. I have young girls in my family and NONE of them will be allowed to read this book! This book motivated the child of another reviewer? Her Mother should have done that in a manner that would be healthy and not from a book written by an adult male!
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50 of 71 people found the following review helpful By lilbuggie on February 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a girl who struggled with weight from a young age, who eventually developed an eating disorder due to the combination of diets and hate I was taught throughout my childhood... I am disgusted by this book for children. Diets are not the answer to helping children reach their healthy weight, in fact many children who are put on diets end up developing eating disorders later in life! Teach your children to eat healthy, not to diet! If they are struggling with their weight take them to a nutritionist that will give them a proper food plan they can enjoy and follow without starving, not a diet that will set them up to fail. And don't forget the mental health implications this kind of book can have on them, if you're not thin you aren't the star?! Terrible, you should be ashamed Paul Kramer!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kaelvan on November 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The title is really upsetting people. The author should of went with title like "Maggie Gets Into Shape". That's all she did. She ate better. She workout more. Which most people have to do. She didn't do some ridiculous diet like the coffee diet or the subway diet or just starve herself. No, she followed the daily recommended servings.

I really think people should really calm down and actually read it. But maybe it's just me and bias, girl who had to struggle with her weight all her life.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Sabin on February 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Most of the negative reviews pose ignorant view points confusing eating healthy with 'diets lead to eating disorders'. While I'd question the writers talent as a writer, his overall knowledge of nutrition, and inclusion of bed wetting at a sleepover, the book itself does make some good points.
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