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TOUGH ISSUES: Weighty Matters: Body Issues

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Letting Ana go



TEEN LETTING

Required by her cross-country coach to keep a food diary, an insecure teen finds that writing helps organize her thoughts, especially about issues that she, her best friend, and her mother face related to weight and eating.


Wintergirls

Anderson, Laurie Halse.

TEEN ANDERSO

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


Teenage waistland : a novel

Biederman, Lynn.

TEEN BIEDERM

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 Angie

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E., author.

TEEN CHARLTO

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?


Pointe

Colbert, Brandy, author.

TEEN COLBERT

Theo is better now. She's eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction...and his abductor. Donovan isn't talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she's been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.


Skinny

Cooner, Donna D. (Donna Danell)

TEEN COONER

After undergoing gastric-bypass surgery, a self-loathing, obese teenaged girl loses weight and makes the brave decision to start participating in high school life, including pursuing her dream of becoming a singer and finding love.


Secrets of truth & beauty

Frazer, Megan.

TEEN FRAZER

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.


Pretty face

Hogan, Mary, 1957-

TEEN HOGAN

When an overweight high school student from Santa Monica spends the summer in Italy, she learns to relish life and understand the true meaning of beauty.


Perfect

Hopkins, Ellen.

TEEN HOPKINS

Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.


Hunger

Kessler, Jackie Morse.

TEEN KESSLER

Seventeen-year-old Lisabeth has anorexia, and even turning into Famine--one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse--cannot keep her from feeling fat and worthless.


Reasons to be happy

Kittle, Katrina.

TEEN KITTLE

Eighth-grader Hannah Carlisle feels unattractive compared to her movie star parents and cliquish Beverly Hills classmates, and when her mother's cancer worsens and her father starts drinking heavily, Hannah's grief and anger turn into bulimia, which only her aunt, a documentary filmmaker, understands.


Butter

Lange, Erin Jade.

TEEN LANGE

Unable to control his binge eating, a morbidly obese teenager nicknamed Butter decides to make live webcast of his last meal as he attempts to eat himself to death.


The hidden story of eating disorders

Levete, Sarah.

TEEN 616.8526 LEVETE

Often appearing during the teen or young adult years, eating disorders are illnesses that cause serious disturbances to the diet, such as eating much less or much more than is healthy. While eating disorders are treatable, if left untreated they can cause serious health complications and can even be life-threatening. Readers learn about the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and how they affect the body and mind. The author shares information on getting help and coping with an eating disorder, as well as developing a healthy body image. Recent news stories and statistics provide additional background on this complex problem.


Purge

Littman, Sarah.

TEEN LITTMAN

When her parents check sixteen-year-old Janie into Golden Slopes to help her recover from her bulimia, she discovers that she must talk about things she has admitted to no one--not even herself.


The earth, my butt, and other big, round things

Mackler, Carolyn.

TEEN MACKLER

Virginia Shreves is insecure -- and comparing herself to the tall, dark, and slender over-achievers who make up the rest of her family doesn't help. Add in even more criticism than usual from her exercise-obsessed mom and the fact that Virginia's best friend has moved away, and it's sure be a bad year of epic proportions. Or is it?


A trick of the light

Metzger, Lois.

TEEN METZGER

Mike Welles had everything under control. He was a good student, an outfielder on the baseball team, a good son, a loyal friend. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they're getting confusing at school. He's losing his sense of direction, and he feels like a mess. Then there's a voice in his head. A friend, trying to help him regain control. More than that: The voice can guide him to become better and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.


Size 0

Paige, D. M.

TEEN PAIGE

It's been one student's dream to work in fashion, but her internship with a trendy LA clothing company leaves her with reservations about how models are treated and how fashion affects body images.


Zoe letting go : [a novel]

Price, Nora.

TEEN PRICE

To Zoe, her own mother had made an absurd mistake leaving Zoe at Twin Oaks Institute, a place that treats girls with eating disorders. Her only solace is to pour her heart into long letters to her former best friend.


Clean

Reed, Amy Lynn.

TEEN REED

A group of teens in a Seattle-area rehabilitation center form an unlikely friendship as they begin to focus less on their own problems with drugs (including alcohol) by reaching out to help a new member, who seems to have even deeper issues to resolve.


My big fat secret : how Jenna takes control of her emotions and eating

Schechter, Lynn R.

J SCHECHT

Through email exchanges with her cousin, best friend, parents, and school counselor, twelve-year-old Jenna reveals a growing awareness of the causes of her emotional overeating and what she is doing to take control.


The stone girl

Sheinmel, Alyssa B.

TEEN SHEINME

Seventeen-year-old Sethie, a senior at New York City's Franklin White girl's school, has outstanding grades, a boyfriend, and a new best friend but constantly struggles to lose weight.


Biggie

Sullivan, Derek E., author.

TEEN SULLIVA

Henry "Biggie" Abbott has hidden behind his weight for years, and although he is the son and stepson of two of Finch, Minnesota's most famous athletes, he prefers academic success until the girl of his dreams suggests he join the baseball team, and, with his stepbrother's help, he discovers he is a great pitcher.


Big fat manifesto

Vaught, Susan, 1965-

TEEN VAUGHT

Overweight, self-assured, high school senior Jamie Carcaterra writes in the school newspaper about her own attitude to being fat, her boyfriend's bariatric surgery, and her struggles to be taken seriously in a very thin world.


Empty

Walton, K. M. (Kathleen M.)

TEEN WALTON

Deeply depressed after her father cheated on and divorced her mother, seventeen-year-old Adele has gained over seventy pounds and is being bullied and abused at school--to the point of being raped and accused of being the aggressor.


Food, girls, and other things I can't have : a novel

Zadoff, Allen.

TEEN ZADOFF

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.


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