Cameron Diaz Is Planning to Publish a Book on Nutrition

Cameron Diaz, a published author? Sounds like it! The blonde superstar is following in the footsteps of pal Gwyneth Paltrow and writing a book. But it's not a memoir (or a how-to guide for Diaz's signature booty shake) that she's planning for her first foray in the publishing world.

The What to Expect When You're Expecting star is writing a book about nutrition aimed at teen girls.

"She wants to stop their fixation on being thin, and for teenage girls to understand that being healthy is more important," a publishing source told E! News. "She wants to use her celebrity to make a difference. She knows she is a role model to girls and she really wants to use that position to do good."

The topic is close to the model-turned-actress' heart, and the source says she wants to empower girls to look beyond the number on a scale and focus on a healthy lifestyle.

"This book is not about weight, it's about making the right choices."

Although no publishing deal is in place, Diaz, who turns 40 in August, has signed on with a literary agent who will be shopping the book around to various publishing houses. The source adds that Diaz is committed to the idea of the book and even taking the message to girls herself.

"Cameron is going to be visiting high schools around the country to talk to teenagers about their food choices and what is important to them," the source explained. "She wants them to know that being thin should not be their priority, it's about getting the right vitamins and knowing what foods will give them energy and keep them strong. She wants to get their feedback, learn about how they decide what to eat now, and teach them to make more informed choices."

And the source adds that one thing this book is not is a publicity stunt. The book doesn't have anything to do with Diaz's celebrity -- it's about helping girls stop obsessing over their weight.

"This book isn't about her. And it's not a diet of any kind. Of course, it's her own journey that has helped her realize what's important, but she wants the book to appeal to everyone, and not just be about her own food choices."

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