25 Years of Food Follies: 1987-2012

We're looking back at oddball food trends and nutritional nonsense. By: Jenny Everett

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You go and diet, girl!
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2011 | You go and diet, girl!

Maggie Goes on a Diet, a rhyming tale of a 14- year-old girl who goes on a diet and becomes a school soccer star, is published. Even before publication, critics start circling. Yes, they agree, obesity is a problem, but positive body image and a healthy relationship with food are not likely the outcome of getting on the diet bandwagon early. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, 42% of 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-grade girls want to be thinner. Hawaii-based author/self-publisher Paul Kramer doesn't help matters when he appears on Fox News insisting, "I'm not advocating, never did, that any child should go on a diet."

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