diet handbook

A Diet for Women

Everywoman’s Diet Handbook
Tiffany
1980

You know it’s for the ladies because the cover is pink. The diet advice is old and probably not recommended by any reasonable nutritionist. Aside from questionable nutritional value, they are probably the most boring menus around. I get the feeling that the next level of dieting for these authors is to simply sniff the food and call it a meal.

Weight Loss Surgery cover

Weight Loss Surgeries

Medications and Surgeries for Weight Loss: When Dieting Isn’t Enough
Hunter
2006

Submitter: Most people will easily agree that obesity is a problem our society, and teens are on the cusp of being able to make their own decisions regarding their own health. However, this book is a bit dated and is replete with scare tactics – pictures of people stuffing their faces and morality tales of teens who tried to take care of their weight through surgery and had bad results. This is an important topic, but there are more recent books that would be a better fit for the YA nonfiction.

Help Lord the Devil Wants Me Fat

The Devil Makes You Fat

“Help Lord-The Devil Wants Me Fat!”
Lovett
1982

Naturally, every library has its share of diet/health books. They go in and out of fashion more than, well, fashion. This book takes the extra added bonus of blaming Satan. Evidently Satan sits on the Hellmouth with a big plate of cookies tempting all of us into the abyss of fat and calories. One of the big ideas in this book is about fasting. Obviously not a new concept in religious practice. However, the advice about fasting is a little too cavelier about a doctor’s advice. He doesn’t even mention particular health issues where fasting might be problematic.

maggie goes on a diet picture book

You are never too young to think about going on a diet.

Maggie Goes on a Diet
Kramer
2011

Okay, this one is horrible. I only found this title recently and doing a quick search I found that it had gotten some negative publicity. I now see why.

Maggie is sad and depressed because she is fat.  She decides to eat healthy and then she becomes a superstar soccer player and attractive to boys. Maggie is now happy. Problem solved!  (I guess those super helpful kids teasing and bullying Maggie were doing her a giant favor!)