I was annoyed and saddened before but now I'm even more so.
With a recent survey claiming that over 50% of girls aged 12 living here in the UK had been on a diet, I then read about this book.......
Maggie Goes On A Diet by Paul Krammer.
Set to go on sale this October, Maggie Goes On A Diet is aimed at six-to-twelve-year-olds according to Barnes And Noble, four-to-eight year-olds according to Amazon.
Written and self-publicised by Hawaii-based author Paul Kramer, the book tells the story of Maggie, a heavily 14-year-old girl who becomes a school football star after losing weight.
The book description?
'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.'
Now I'm just as concerned about the number of children with eating disorders as the next person but I'm totally outraged by even the idea of a book of this sort being aimed at children aged as young as four.
Yes, yes, I know, I haven't read the book and I'm against the banning of books BUT in this instance I confess that I find myself wondering why reputable booksellers such as Barnes And Noble and, Amazon are stocking it and am not at all surprised that Amazon.co.uk customers are saying (and I quote)........
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So what says you?
Before you answer you might be interested to know that it was only recently that our Advertising Standards Authority banned the children's clothing website Zazzle.co.uk from stocking girls T-shirts carrying the slogan .......
"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"
Doesn't it then seem bizarre that this book will be hitting the shelves in a matter of months?