Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Maggie Goes on A Diet Hardcover – December 16, 2011
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
People getting mad over this book are a special kind of stupid. Stop getting offended by everything.
Obesity is a health risk. (I'm trusting the American Medical Association.). Crash diets are bad, gradual weight loss is good. At one or two pounds a week, a person would lose 52 to 104 pounds in a year. How much will you weigh a year from now? "Maggie knew that now was the time for her and that it was not too late./ She also knew she would look better, feel better and run faster if she lost the weight." Or you can write your own book, "Maggie Learns Fat Acceptance" , "Maggie loved her body, she said fat rolls are nifty/ Maggie's fatal heart attack came at the age of fifty."
Is this a positive book with a good message? Yes, it is. Obesity is a problem that shouldn't be ignored, and there is nothing wrong with tightening up your diet and increasing exercise to enjoy better health (notice I said health, not weight). If you take this book at face value, then yeah, it's pretty good.
Now, does this book have some crucial flaws? Yes, it does. I'll explain.
This something that goes beyond this book because it is pervasive in society as a whole, but it can be seen in this book. There are two points to note, which I will explain further below:
1) Love Oneself Must Come Before Changing Oneself
2) Better Health Does Not Have to Mean Thinner
As I said above, it's perfectly fine to change these ups to combat a growing weight and health issue. The crucial step that must come before this, though, to stave off any future psychological damage, is to love yourself as you are. Look in the mirror, no matter what the number on the scale is, and be uncontrollably glad to be who you are in that moment. Love yourself, accept yourself, respect yourself, and be kind to yourself. Then, decide to change your diet because, out of pure love for yourself, you know that you deserve better health. Don't do it to look better, or to be thinner, or to change from "ugly" to "pretty", etc. Think of yourself as your best friend. You care about your best friend, and you only want the very best for them. Do the same for yourself.
This is the first spot where this book falls a little short. While having a girl going on a diet to change her appearance is not inherently evil, there is an issue with the reasons presented and the outcome that I believe could be damaging for young girls. Even if it is not stated outright, there is a pretty clear message in this book where Maggie goes from "undesirable and unhappy" (i.e. fat) to successful and pretty (i.e. skinny). Therein lies the problem. It's a mental and psychological issue that I think needs to be corrected.
Now, on to the second point...
Better health does not have to mean thinner. If you've ever struggled with weight loss in your life, you probably know what I mean. Maybe you are eating the right foods, sticking to your exercise routine like a boss, getting good checkups for your doctor, and yet...the scale isn't budging. And you know what? That's okay. Sure, it's frustrating as hell when you really want to go down a size in your jeans. Still, though, truthfully, as long as your health is improving and you're feeling better, it really doesn't matter what your weight does. We have a misconstrued idea in our society where thin-ness has been fused with automatic good health, and that couldn't be less true. It's very possible to have an overweight, active woman with no health problems to speak of, while on the other hand you have a thin person that only consumed junk and is in and out of the doctor's every week.
The point is, there is too much emphasis on weight over health, when it should be the other way around. When you finally reach good health then, yeah, a healthy weight will eventually naturally follow. But HEALTH is the FIRST goal here, and weight is not nearly as important.
In short, this book is missing some key components that would make it a good read. These components, though, are ones missing from our society as a whole, and they just happen to be put on display in this book.
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".