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Dick Cheney to Pen Memoir About Heart Troubles

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For years late-night comics have wondered whether or not Dick Cheney has a heart. Now we have an answer — he does. And he’s writing a book about it.

The “non-political memoir,” to be published late next year, will chronicle the former vice president’s 34 years of heart troubles, starting with his first heart attack in 1978, the four he suffered in later years, and the heart transplant he received earlier this year. His daughter Liz Cheney and cardiologist Jonathan Reiner will co-author.

Gary Schwitzer, publisher of the website, said he wondered if Cheney will address the fact that the left ventricular assist device inserted into his heart to prevent it from failing was developed with taxpayer-supported government research at the National Institutes of Health.

“The book could do a public service…depending on how it deals with these values,” Schwitzer said.

Either way, Cheney isn’t the only Republican who plans to weigh in on personal healthcare reform in book form. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced earlier this year she is writing a diet and fitness book that will allow you to shed pounds — perhaps without giving up such Palin family favorites as Moose Chili and Eskimo ice cream, which involves taking lard and sugar, beating them together until cream, then adding berries.

Politics aside, nutrition experts are on board with the concept of Palin’s book.

“Not sure what her idea of taking a balanced approach to diet means, but if she’s advocating getting off the fad diet roller-coaster I’m glad she’s sending that message,” said Cynthia Sass, a registered dietician in New York City.

Sass said she hopes Palin will collaborate with a registered dietitian to ensure that the information she provides is sound, accurate and science-based.

Perhaps just the idea of being a heartbeat away from the presidency is enough to put someone on a health kick — though there’s no word on whether the marathon running former Republican vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, is shopping any fitness titles yet.

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Sarah Palin Writing a Fitness Book

by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin debuted a new look in Los Angeles this week: frosted hair, frosted lips, and a thinner figure than she’s had in the past. Turns out, she’s got a new project to go with it -- penning a diet and exercise tome.

In an email to People magazine Tuesday, the former Alaska governor and VP candidate wrote, “Our family is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline focusing on where we get our energy and balance as we still eat our beloved homemade comfort foods!”

Palin, who famously made moose chili and moose cheese dogs during a 2008 interview, promised a book that’s “unique and motivating.” She added, “We promise you what we do works and allows a fulfilling quality of life and sustenance anyone can enjoy.”

People noted that it’s unclear if Palin has a book contract or publishing date.

This is Palin’s latest foray into the entertainment world. From 2010 to 2011, she starred in Sarah Palin’s Alaska, a TLC reality show that featured her and her family (and Kate Gosselin, in one episode) exploring the 49th state’s outdoor splendors. It was canceled after one season.

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Dieting Book Targeting Kids Comes Under Attack

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A children's picture book in which a pudgy 14-year-old girl gets thin enough eventually to become her school's soccer star has come under attack before anyone has cracked open a copy.

Maggie Goes on a Diet won't be released until October, but Barnes & Noble and are among booksellers taking advance orders for the 44-page hardcover.  Barnes & Noble's website says the book is for young readers 6 to 12; Amazon's site says ages 4 to 8.

Maggie's weight-loss journey is told in one of several self-published children's books in which author Paul M. Kramer tackles what he calls "the issues that kids face today."

He wrote about bullying in the 2010 title, Bullies Beware, and tried to help kids deal with bed-wetting and divorce in Do Not Dread Wetting the Bed, and, Divorce Stinks, both due out this fall.  The books are written in rhyme and meant to be read by parents alongside their kids.

According to a plot summary, Maggie "goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school soccer star.  Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image."

But that storybook plotline doesn't reflect what happens in real children's lives, warned Joanne Ikeda, a nutritionist emeritus at University of California-Berkeley who spoke about the book Thursday without seeing it.

Highlighting imperfections in a boy's or girl's body "does not empower a child to adopt good eating habits," Ikeda said.

In real life, dieting down to a smaller clothing size doesn't guarantee living happily ever after.

"Body dissatisfaction is a major risk for eating disorders in children all the way up through adulthood," she said.

Furthermore, role models like Maggie can perpetuate the idea that "if you don't look like Cinderella, you're a failure," Ikeda said.  "I wouldn't want a child to read this ... because they might, in fact, try to do this and fail.  What is that going to do to their self-esteem?"

On Wednesday, a blog article appeared in the British newspaper The Guardian under the headline: "A diet book for six-year-old girls: the worst idea ever?"

Feature writer Laura Barnett wrote that she objected to the cover illustration of a dumpy, frumpy pigtailed teen holding a pink party dress clearly meant for someone half her size, while gazing into a mirror featuring her smiling, slimmed-down doppelganger.  She said she found it "so disquieting … that perhaps we may, in this case, allow ourselves to judge the book by it."

Readers posted more than 125 online responses.  Far more attacked the book for feeding an unhealthy obsession with weight than supported its attempt to stem the epidemic of youngsters' growing girth.

Kramer, a New York native who has made a second career in Hawaii writing children's books he self-publishes through Aloha Publishing, could not be reached for comment Thursday despite repeated attempts to reach him through e-mail, Facebook and Aloha Publishing phone listings.

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