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Author Defends Kids Book "Maggie Goes on a Diet"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A diet book for kids that isn't even due to be published until October is already causing controversy, with critics saying it could lead children to develop eating disorders.

"Maggie Goes on a Diet" is about an overweight 14-year-old girl who becomes a football star after losing weight, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

The book is aimed at children as young as four. But one nutrition expert said no kid should be reading it.

"I wouldn't want a child to read this... because they might, in fact, try to do this and fail. What is that going to do to their self-esteem?" Joanne Ikeda, nutritionist emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley, told News-Medical.net.

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However author Paul Kramer is defending his work, telling "Good Morning America," "My idea was just to write a story to entice and to have children feel better about themselves, to discover a new way of eating, learn to do exercise, try to emulate Maggie and learn from Maggie's experience."

Here is the full interview: