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TOUGH ISSUES: Weighty Matters: Body Issues

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Future perfect

Larsen, Jen, 1973-


Ashley is offered the chance to have weight-loss surgery by her exacting grandmother, who promises to provide tuition to her dream college in return.


The hidden story of eating disorders

Levete, Sarah.

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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.



Littman, Sarah.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Reed, Amy Lynn.


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.


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.


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.



Sullivan, Derek E., author.


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-


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.



Walton, K. M. (Kathleen M.)


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.


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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