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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious and widespread conditions that cause both physical and emotional damage. Contrary to popular belief, eating disorders are not really about food or weight, but rather attempts to control or avoid emotional and stress-related issues.

People with eating disorders use food to deal with uncomfortable or painful emotions. Restricting food is used to feel in control. Overeating temporarily soothes sadness, anger, or loneliness. Purging is used to combat feelings of helplessness and self-loathing. Over time, people with eating disorders lose the ability to see themselves objectively and obsessions over food and weight come to dominate everything else in life.

Am I Weird or Is This Normal? Advice and Info to Get Teens in the Know
Marlin S. Potash, Ed.D. Children's Books
Written by a mother-daughter team, this book offers practical, down-to-earth advice on issues teenage girls are dealing with today. It is written in question-and-answer form, and includes many quizzes, games, and helpful hints. In addition, the book is packed with current facts on alcohol and drugs, eating disorders, sex and relationships, after school jobs, college, and much more.

Anorexia Nervosa: When Food Is the Enemy
Erica Smith Children's Books
This book is intended to help adolescents understand the causes of anorexia and its signs and symptoms, providing them with resources that can help change anorexia’s destructive course. Poignant, revealing case histories and vignettes combined with a frank, down-to-earth writing style make this book particularly appealing and relevant to young readers.

Eating Disorders: Foster Parent College (DVD)
Rick Delaney helps parents identify and understand four types of eating disorders with children - refusing certain foods, stealing and hoarding food, anorexia, and gorging - and offers practical soluations.

Understanding Anorexia Nervosa
Debbie Stanley Children's Books
With true-to-life vignettes and a firm, reassuring tone, Stanley tells adolescent readers about the facts and myths surrounding this potentially life-threatening eating disorder. She describes anorexia’s symptoms and causes, including pressure from peers, parents, and society as well as pent-up emotions and low self-esteem. Young readers can also explore healthy ways to take charge of their lives, and those who want to seek help will find practical resources for doing so.

Understanding Bulimia Nervosa
Debbie Stanley Children's Books
This book for adolescents, explains what bulimia is, how to recognize its symptoms, and why this serious problem is easily overlooked. Using the voices of young people who have struggled with bulimia, Stanley explores the roles pressure from peers, parents, and society -- as well as bottled up emotions and low self-esteem -- can play in developing bulimia. Practical suggestions help young readers learn to recognize and resist society’s unrealistic expectations, develop a positive self-image, and evaluate their nutritional habits and fitness level accurately and honestly.

Books For Teens About Eating Disorders

Appearing on 3 bibliotherapy lists

  • One Fat Summer by Robert Lipsyte
  • Fat Chance by Leslea Newman
  • I Was A Fifteen-Year-Old Blimp By Patti Stren
  • The Fat Girl By Marily Sachs
  • I Am an Artichoke by Lucy Frank


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