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Maggie Goes on A Diet Hardcover – December 16, 2011
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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."
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".
In brief, Maggie was overweight and lead an unhealthy lifestyle which affected her performance in numerous areas of her life, including her social interactions. One day, Maggie decides to made a positive life choice and begin the process of being healthier - her disciplined exercise and healthy eating not only helps her build a healthy body, but improves her self-esteem and personal confidence. Way to go, Maggie.
Above and below me you will witness a pantheon of pity-picketing, pathetic whingers who are upset that just because they don't have the determination to improve themselves, Maggie shouldn't either. And god forbid she actually receives praise and attention for her show of character and discipline. These people want to live in a world where they are allowed to wallow in self-abuse and be loved nonetheless - a go-getter like Maggie makes them incredulous with rage because it points out that every person is the master of their fate, and ruins their excuses for being slothful and bitter.
Maybe they should do a counterpart book about another child that never learns about healthy eating and dies of heart disease or has a limb removed due to diabetes. A sad ending, true... but this is the ending that awaits people who carry on eating with no sense which makes it a great lesson for children (and an increasing amount of adults) to learn.