January 9, 2008


Insatiable: The Compelling Story of Four Teens, Food and its Power
by Eve Eliot
This may be fiction, but there is truth here. This "novel written in episodic format follows four teenage girls whose shame, fear, and confusion compel them to binge, purge, and refuse to eat in misguided attempts to feel safe and in control of their lives." This isn't a comic, though there is humor to help get you through this rough topic. Maybe this is about you. Maybe you are not alone, either. Read this for yourself, your friends, or for anyone you know who struggles with a difficult relationship with food.

Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder
by Nadia Shivack
"The author tells the story of her eating disorder using cartoons to illustrate her internal feelings and battle with bulimia." Shocking cover, shocking words, shocking portrait. This brave author reveals her inner most pain in order to help others. Nadia was 14 when she met Ed, her eating disorder. She writes, "maintaining dignity is not easy. Dear heart…only you know how little lies under the fa├žade." She has a daily struggle uphill while continually battling the noise in her head. She writes words and she draws on the same notebook paper you see in every student's binder. The quirky drawings express pain, confusion, joy, sorrow, hope, and more. Artists will admire her honest expression throughout this remembrance. Thank goodness this book has been published.

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Afterword: "I've been hospitalized several more times since this book was first conceived and illustrated. Day by day I continue to recover, working on replacing the critical voice in my head with one that is more positive and loving. I hope that by reading this book, we will increase our understanding and awareness of eating disorders and lessen the shame, guilt, and isolation that so often occurs in women suffering from them, which keeps so many women and girls in silence and makes this illness so hard to treat. This book has been my inspiration to continue to recover, to know that I might, in time, be able to reach out to others still suffering."

Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food Fitness and Feeling Great
by Mavis Jukes, Lilian Cheung
"A guide for adolescent girls on how to stay healthy and fit, with information on nutrition and exercise." Read this lighter, but no less helpful, approach to the subject of staying healthy. Here are tips to enjoy eating and exercising. Share a new plan with friends and stay on track together. New Year's Resolutions can be as bold or gentle as you choose. Good luck, you can do it!