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Concerns over diet book targeted to young girls

A controversial book has many concerned that it will increase self-image problems in young girls.

The book "Maggie Goes on a Diet" is raising some concerns. The book is about an overweight girl looking into the mirror to see a skinnier girl.

The book's target age is girls from 4-12. Just the word diet can be a concern says an eating disorder specialist Kaye Renshaw.

"The word diet, you know when they Google diet, what, the information that they are likely to get off of the Internet it's not always going to be healthy or appropriate for someone that age."

Renshaw says there are signs parents can look for to make sure their child is healthy and safe.

"Obviously watching for any kind of change and watching for isolation, when a child is refusing to eat with the family or prefers to eat alone, that's a real concern that something may be going on."

Supporters say the book encourages girls to eat healthier and exercise. Despite the controversy, it will be on sale in October.

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