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Worst childrens book ever hits the shelves

Book aimed at 6 - 12 year old talks about dieting

It’s the book no-one ever wanted to see –

Is this the start of a horrific new children's book trend? Image via Amazon.

A book about dieting aimed at young children. “Maggie Goes On A Diet’ has hit big retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and carries a suggested reading age of 6 to 12.

The book is about a 14-year-old girl who transforms from an overweight and insecure girl into a slim, confident soccer star, whose self-esteem soars. The cover features a large girl in an ugly jumper holding a tiny dress in front of her, while looking in the mirror – something which simply illustrates what message this book will send to young readers.

A spokesperson from eating disorder charity Beat said; “Concerns about weight, size and shape are beginning to affect children at ever-younger ages. Six and seven year olds already believe that their size tells the world what sort of person they are, and that big equals fat equals unpopular.”

It comes just days after a children’s clothes shop began selling t-shirts emblazoned with “Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels” – a famous Kate Moss quote.