The outdated school book that’s teaching body hatred to our kids

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Schools teach all kinds of literacies nowadays: cultural literacy, digital literacy and, oh yes, diet literacy.

Just ask Perth mother Caitlin Roper who was shocked last week when she discovered a book called Mum’s Diet being used in her five-year-old daughter’s pre-primary class. The school reader is as bad as it sounds, jam-packed with weight obsession, crash dieting and body shaming.

“While I suspect it’s supposed to be a positive message, it had some really distorted messages on food and eating,” says Roper.

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