With obesity rates soaring, a book that promotes healthy eating and exercise should be welcomed. How is encouraging our children to eat better and to get outside giving them an excuse to have an eating disorder? I don't understand that. If parents were making their children to be active in the first place, perhaps obesity rates wouldn't be so high.
I think it is a delicate situation. I don't think children should be put on a DIET, but should eat a healthy "diet". It is the way we teach the word that can be harmful, dangerous and yes can promote a propensity for eating disorders.
Teaching healthy habits, enforcing healthy habits, living an active lifestyle is one thing. telling a child "you are fat, you need to go on a diet" is another IMO. The second can be traumatic, the first would be a way to just live a life and become a normal part of living it.
I wouldn't let my child read this or give it to them as a guide. I'm their guide and their example.
It takes 12 pounds of grain and 2500 gallons of water to produce ONE POUND of beef.
Livestock generates 65% of all human-related nitrous oxide, which is 296 times more warming to the environment than carbon dioxide; 37% of all human-related methane, which 23 times as warming as CO2; and 64 percent of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain.
"If you care about the planet, it's actually better to eat a salad in a Hummer than a cheeseburger in a Prius."
-- Bill Maher
I don't have a problem with this book, as it's about a teenage girl who's unhealthy and overweight and chooses to eat healthy and exercise to reach a healthy weight and maintane it. The obesity rate in this country is soaring, even with teens, and I think it's the responsible thing to do to teach your children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. If for whatever reason a teen may be overweight and need some reassurance outside of their family for getting on a healthy track, this book may be just what they need.
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