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TOUGH ISSUES: Weighty Matters: Body Issues

Does this book make me look fat? Teen Book Does this book make me look fat?


How often do you find yourself looking in the mirror? And smiling at what you see? More likely, you're thinking what you see is: Fat, Ugly, Skinny, Round, Stacked or Flat, Bad or Good. From reality television to tabloid headlines, we're all surrounded by weight and discussion of weight. In this collection, a stellar lineup of YA writers sound off on body image., self-esteem, diets, eating disorders, boys, fashion magazines, and why trying on jeans is a bad experience for everyone.

Wintergirls Teen Book Wintergirls

Anderson, Laurie Halse.

Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

Mercy, unbound Teen Book Mercy, unbound

Antieau, Kim.

Mercy O'Connor is becoming an angel. She can feel her wings sprouting from her shoulder blades. They itch. Sometimes she even hears them rustling. And angels don't need to eat. So Mercy has decided she doesn't need to either. She is not sick, doesn't suffer from anorexia, is not trying to kill herself. She is an angel, and angels simply don't need food. When her parents send her to an eating disorder clinic, Mercy is scared and confused. She isn't like the other girls who are so obviously sick. If people could just see her wings, they would know. But her wings don't come and Mercy begins to have doubts. What if she isn't really an angel? What if she's just a girl? What if she is killing herself? Can she stop?

This book isn't fat, it's fabulous Teen Book This book isn't fat, it's fabulous

Beck, Nina.

Sixteen-year-old Riley Swain, pushed into spending Spring Break at an upstate New York "fat farm" by her father's fiance?e, is happy with her weight but finds she has a lot to learn about friendship and love.

Teenage waistland : a novel Teen Book Teenage waistland : a novel

Biederman, Lynn.

In their separate voices, three morbidly obese New York City teens relate their experiences participating in a clinical trial testing lap-band surgery for teenagers, which involves a year of weekly meetings and learning to live healthier lives.

Fat Cat Teen Book Fat Cat

Brande, Robin.

Overweight teenage Catherine embarks on a high school science project in which she must emulate the ways of hominims, the earliest ancestors of human beings, by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology.

Fat Angie Teen Book Fat Angie

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E., author.

Fat Angie's sister was captured in Iraq, she's the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?

Staying fat for Sarah Byrnes Teen Book Staying fat for Sarah Byrnes

Crutcher, Chris.

High school senior Eric Calhoune was a fat kid -- a really fat kid -- but has slimmed down since joining the swim team. Now the same people who used to call him "Moby" (as in Moby Dick, the whale) want to be his friends, but Eric remains loyal to Sarah Byrnes, who knows what it's like to be an outcast.

Secrets of truth & beauty Teen Book Secrets of truth & beauty

Frazer, Megan.

Former "Little Miss Maine" Dara Cohen isn't so little anymore; she's now a plus-sized teen and has no problem with that fact. But when she dares to comment on society's obsession with thinness in a video that she makes for her English class, she gets in major trouble at school and with her parents. Fed up, Dara goes to visit her estranged sister Rachel, whom she's never met, at the rural collective (and goat farm) where Rachel lives and works -- and gets a whole new perspective on life.

Nothing Teen Book Nothing

Friedman, Robin, 1968-

Despite his outward image of popular, attractive high-achiever bound for the Ivy League college of his father's dreams, high school senior Parker sees himself as a fat, unattractive failure and finds relief for his overwhelming anxieties in ever-increasing bouts of binging and purging.

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