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    Default Regarding new teen diet book -'Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends'

    I work with parents of teens, and we are very concerned about the messages this new diet book is giving young people. As adults we can laugh off the stupidity of the ‘tips’, but as parents of teens (particularly parents of teenage girls) this is no laughing matter. Our daughters are already insecure about their bodies, some suffering eating disorders. This book has gained popularity because it speaks to insecure teenagers. I feel so sorry for our children that they live in an age where media and society places so much importance on what you look like, with little or no regard for good health and balanced living.

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    I haven't seen that book, but it does sound like a very unhealthy message.

    Yes, the message media and society gives young teens (girls and boys!) is worrying.

    I'm trying very hard to make our home a place where body image isn't glorified above other things like health and wellbeing.

    It's hard though, because even as intelligent adults we can fall into the hype sometimes!

    ETA: My children are only 4 & 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by OurLittleBlessing View Post
    It's hard though, because even as intelligent adults we can fall into the hype sometimes!
    This is so true OurLittleblessing. That's why we must be diligent about the messages such books and the media in general are sending our children, and somehow try to counteract them.

    My daughter was only 9 when she first asked if she should go on a diet. She's is now 14 and very body conscience like all her friends. I feel like eating disorders are not just something you read about in magazines but a real threat amongst her peers.

    Thank you for commenting, and all the best with your little ones :-)

    - Cammeray Mum

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    I haven't read the book but it was being debunked this morning in an American TV morning show (yes I got up at 5am to watch it :/ )

    It has CRAP advice like skip/delay breakfast and have a cold bath to speed up your metabolism.

    Now, just on those two pieces of sage advice (insert rolling eye emoticon) - skipping breakfast or delaying it til 'later' has been proven to not be beneficial in weight loss and more people lose more weight and keep it off longer when they have a balanced breakfast AND what's more so having breakfast wakes up your Brian and our kids learn better in the mornings

    Having a cold bath does not speed up your metabolism as much as they claim (I don't have facts/links but rather as per the criticism I watched this morning) - a brisk 20 minute walk speeds up your metabolism more and for longer (after burn) and your bodie metabolism goes back to its same state after the bath once your body is back to its normal temp. A walk created afterburner, a bath does not.

    But apart from the advice being misguided (at best) - WTF are we writing, printing, publishing and marketing books about teens going on diets and having OMG bodies (face smack)????

    I hope book stores in Australia DONt Stock this book - well what would it matter girls will but it over the inet anyhow.

    This is just further proof we hate our kids, books like this do NOT promote healthy minds and bodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkingClassMum View Post
    WTF are we writing, printing, publishing and marketing books about teens going on diets and having OMG bodies (face smack)???? I hope book stores in Australia DONt Stock this book - well what would it matter girls will but it over the inet anyhow.
    Hear Hear WorkingClassMum! I hope Australia doesn't embrace this book, but as you said the problem is our teens can get access to it online.

    Apart from the misinformation, the author urges teens 'not to tell your parents' - this is a real danger!

    As parents, I think we should be discussing this book with our teens (hopefully before they get wind of it) and ask them what do they think about a book that tells them to ignore doctors and go behind your parent's back.

    Thanks for posting WCM ... and I love your writing style :-)

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    Who writes such rubbish? There's already enough stuff in the media that, just by sponging it up, will GIVE you an eating disorder if you are a sensitive type. Now someone has a handbook/bible for it? (only in America, I presume...)

    It's really hard to get a first book published, and if you were a seasoned writer, would you waste your time on such a stupid and self-destructive topic? And what publisher in their right mind would publish such eating-disorder-provoking guff?

    Has this author been publicly flambasted? More so than just on morning TV?

    I really think you're right, WCM, about stores not stocking this. I don't think young teens will necessarily buy on the interweb easily, though. I find it hard to buy lots of stuf without a credit card...but then again, I'm assuming most young girls don't have access to a credit card...


 

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