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Does a Diet Book for Little Girls As Young As Four Send the Wrong Message?

ABCnews.com 2011/08/23 02:46:21
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  • Able 2014/05/14 10:26:24
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    Able
    You liberals need to make up your minds. You endorse Ms. Mooch's school lunch war on kids because you say they're too fat, now you're saying books teaching them how not to be fat is somehow an evil thing.

    Liberals don't know how to make sense.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2011/08/23 20:28:51
    Yes, it does!
    Lady Whitewolf
    No 4-year old needs to be on a diet....
  • essenceofawk 2011/08/23 20:28:20
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    essenceofawk
    Childhood obesity is a huge problem these days. This generation won't even out live there parents... maybe it should target a slightly older youth group.
  • Movick Heisler 2011/08/23 18:21:56
    Yes, it does!
    Movick Heisler
    +1
    FOR SURE!! Aren't we supposed to teach little girls to be comfortable with their bodies and that everyone is built differently? What in the world! come on people. let kids be kids. suddenly everyone is pushing little children to grow up way to soon.
  • Tigger Too 2011/08/23 16:18:32
    Yes, it does!
    Tigger Too
    +2
    ABSOLUTELY! Publishing a diet book for girls as young as four years old DEFINITELY sends the wrong message. This particular survey gives no specific information about the contents of the diet book, so it's hard to give an adequate answer. However, I can totally understand teaching little girls -- AND boys -- about the importance of exercise, a well-balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle from the very time they can understand and absorb the information. But suggesting that a little kid should diet can be very damaging to a child's psyche and perpetuates the female body-image problems rampant in today's society. So go ahead and buy your four-year-old daughter this diet book, but prepared to deal with an anexoric or bulimic teenager somewhere on down the road.
  • mike j 2011/08/23 14:41:49
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    mike j
    A person of any age should never start a diet with out consulting their doctor , if the doctor precribes a diet then that should be followed on a per patient basis .
  • kmerc 2011/08/23 14:23:13
    Yes, it does!
    kmerc
    +2
    As a mother of a daughter who is in recovery from an eating disorder, I find this book disgusting. My husband and I have worked VERY hard in a household of 4 teenage daughters for them to put value and worth on who they are as strong, independent contributing women and NOT a number on a scale. We as parents have to fight society constantly attacking our daughters. This book is just another way to get to our even younger daughters telling them they have to be the thinnest and most popular to matter. Not that I would support this book if it were about a boy, but I find it interesting on why couldn't it have been "Max goes on a diet"!???
  • Nikki Jones 2011/08/23 13:58:06
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    Nikki Jones
    Fat kids need to cut the carbs
  • KB Nikki J... 2011/08/23 16:41:46
    KB
    Carbs are a necessity.
  • Movick ... KB 2011/08/23 18:24:07
    Movick Heisler
    i agree.
  • Nikki J... Movick ... 2011/08/23 18:48:55
    Nikki Jones
    they are scrumptious
  • Movick ... Nikki J... 2011/08/23 18:22:54
    Movick Heisler
    that's mean.
  • jackolantyrn356 2011/08/23 13:43:25
    Yes, it does!
    jackolantyrn356
    +1
    Eugenics suported sh*t will always be hard to stop. Too much money,
  • Holly 2011/08/23 13:03:34
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    Holly
    I think that we already try to put a big emphasis on kids living healthy and if this book can put it into terms that a child can understand, then let them read it. As parents, it is our job to talk to our kids and explain why it is important to live healthy. We could also use it as a tool to teach our kids how they should treat others and to be compassionate to how others feel.
  • hollymoz Holly 2011/08/23 13:57:43
    hollymoz
    +1
    Everybody is so scared of the truth, the truth hurts, I was heavy when I was younger, everything in this book is correct.
  • candy 2011/08/23 12:42:06
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    candy
    Where is the age cut off on being fat? It's ok to be fat at 3 but not 6. It's not ok to be fat at any age. I think the emphasis on having no friends and being fat is wrong. Personally, Im sick of all the overweight people crying about their situation. Im 45 years old, 4'9" and 85 lbs. Im met with teasing and ridicule every day of my life. At least fat people can lose weight. I cant grow. In my world it seems that people are more sensitive to fat people, but it is always ok to make fun of short. Even fat people tease me.
  • Amy 2011/08/23 12:32:48
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    Amy
    let the man publish the book. This sends a good mesage to girls, that they can too change their life. No matter what, kids will be ashamed of weight, so give them some encouragement. I believe that PlayBoy and TV shows like PanAnn send and bad message but its still avalible,
  • lulzifer 2011/08/23 08:52:59
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    lulzifer
    +1
    Beats the bible by lightyears.
  • bootsinthesky 2011/08/23 08:49:51
    Yes, it does!
    bootsinthesky
    +2
    Start with self esteem, then maybe look at diet etc. If parents have done their job properly then the child will already feel secure that they are unconditionally loved, then health issues can be tackled not as a condition for being loved / happy / successful etc
  • THE SCARY GUY 2011/08/23 07:18:13
    Yes, it does!
    THE SCARY GUY
    +2
    THE BOOK IS NOT FOR THE 4 YEAR OLD'S, IT IS FOR THE MOTHERS WHO BUY THE BOOK THINKING IT IS FOR THE 4 YEAR OLD'S.
  • Olivia 2011/08/23 07:12:45
    Yes, it does!
    Olivia
    +2
    My niece is 7 years old. She asked me if she was fat. She is not. She is a beautiful young girl who will undoubtedly leave a trail of broken hearts when she is older. I think young girls shouldn't be worrying about their body image.
  • Wizard 2011/08/23 05:40:53
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    Wizard
    It's Ok to teach good eating habits at any age.
  • LuridLolita 2011/08/23 05:30:06
    Yes, it does!
    LuridLolita
    +1
    Why is there no obtainable balance?
  • JustOneAmongPlenty 2011/08/23 04:56:45
    Yes, it does!
    JustOneAmongPlenty
    +2
    ...how are kids as young as four supposed to put this book into practice? Also, why is it written directly for girls? If it were just teaching kids of both genders how to be healthy, I wouldn't see it as negatively...
  • Riobhca 2011/08/23 04:42:18
    Yes, it does!
    Riobhca
    +2
    Yes, absolutely. They will start becoming anorexic and obsessed with their appearance at an even younger age.
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2011/08/23 04:37:20
    Yes, it does!
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
    +3
    Why does a little girls need be in a diet
  • Jamacc ★~Docto... 2011/08/23 04:40:18
    Jamacc
    +1
    Thank you, there is a difference between a healthy diet and being on a diet.
  • JanHopkins 2011/08/23 04:10:51
    Yes, it does!
    JanHopkins
    +2
    How about giving those kids some room to run instead. We all stayed skinny because we were outdoors running and playing.
  • Jamacc JanHopkins 2011/08/23 04:44:02 (edited)
    Jamacc
    +2
    In summertime; we left home in the morning and didn't come home til dark, we rode bikes, walked our neighborhood and played sports with friends. Granted everyone in the neighborhood knew everyone, and SOMEONE was always keeping an eye on us even if we did not see them. During school time we did the same after homework was done. But we didn't have any good video games back then either!
  • Wizard JanHopkins 2011/08/23 05:43:46 (edited)
    Wizard
    +2
    Today's video games have millions of kids sitting in front of a screen, and not burning up the 100's of calories they absorbed at dinnertime. It is why a large percentage of American kids are getting fat. Wii had the right idea...but once they hit 11 or 12, they 'graduate' to PS3, and become sedentary again.

    The best scenario is a family rule that once a week, the family goes on an outing. I know it can get expensive hitting the malls. Kids see toys everywhere and snaks. There need to be more parks that are interactive. Kids today think parks are boring, and will pull out their portable game device as soon as they get seated.

    It is a fact, the healthiest kids are the ones who play soccer or join a team. Get the kids out of the house as often as possible...and find places that are not too expensive. A soccer match, once the gas is paid, and the uniform bought somehow, is cheap entertainment for the family. The kids not playing make friends off the field, and mom brings a cooler and her folding chair.

    kids playing friends field mom brings cooler folding chair play soccer
  • JanHopkins Wizard 2011/08/23 05:45:21
    JanHopkins
    +1
    Grandma says "cut the cord!" Bwaahaahaa!
  • Wizard JanHopkins 2011/08/23 05:52:49
    Wizard
    +1
    Why am I smiling?
  • Andrew 2011/08/23 03:55:51
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    Andrew
    It definatly doesn't add to the childhood obesity and diabeties epedimic. Stop whining about people seeing being skiny as good and if you dicide to simply stop eating to achieve that goal instead of being healthy, thats your own damb fault, not socioties.
  • Stuart 2011/08/23 03:16:11
    No, healthy habits need to start early.
    Stuart
    Wish there was a sample to look at. Is it a "diet" book or a healthy eating book. A diet can be a healthy eating diet regimen, a weight loss diet regimen or a Big Mac and Fries diet regimen. Any thing we eat is a part of our diet.
  • xXmarìsaXx 2011/08/23 03:10:46
    Yes, it does!
    xXmarìsaXx
    +1
    No one needs a bunch of anorexic little kids.
  • Duke----The Non Racist, Fun... 2011/08/23 03:04:10
    Yes, it does!
    Duke----The Non Racist, Funny Duke !
    "Send the Wrong Message"

    Yes they do and so does our entire corporate owned mainstream so called news such as yours.

    You do nothing but spread fear, hate and propaganda for the corporations and our corrupt government to keep us dumbed down and ever in fear, to get us to go into one occupation after another, to kill and steal for the greed and power trips of our government.

    That is why I watch and get nothing but the truth by watching FSTV (free speech tv) on channel 9415 and Link TV channel 9410 on dish network.

    If people would like to come out of their life long comas induced by the mainstream so called news and our total corrupt government, then it would behoove them to watch the channels I mentioned above.

    Or, just remain dumbed down by actually believing what the mainstream news tells you. After all, Stupid is, as Stupid does

    channels mentioned remain dumbed believing mainstream news stupid stupid democracy now
  • Chukroast 2011/08/23 02:50:05
    Yes, it does!
    Chukroast
    +1
    This is just another form of indoctrination at an early age. Next comes the book: "Little Suzie has two mothers."

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