Friday 5: Books Dealing With Eating Disorders

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A few days ago, we told you about National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and a cool contest that can help teens create healthier body images. Now, as this important week wraps up, we want to provide Like a Boss girls with some additional resources to help you think about this serious issue — and what you can do to make a difference: AND THEY ARE ALL BOOKS!

We love young adult literature and non-fiction because it provides an easy entry point into serious issues, such as anorexia and bulimia. These books not only help teens empathize with one another’s struggles — they also provide interested teens with valuable statistics and resources, too. Here are a few you might want to check out:

ONE: Perfect by Natasha Friend: A young girl is in therapy to stop her bulimia — and also work through her painful feelings over her father’s death. But when she bonds with a popular girl who also suffers from an eating disorder, they begin an unhealthy friendship.

TWO: Ask Elizabeth by Elizabeth Berkely: Written by celebrity Elizabeth Berkely, this clever scrapbook helps girls work through a number of issues, including eating disorders, and includes Berkley’s reflections on her own experiences.

THREE: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: Two best friends share a bond — and competition — over their eating disorders, which lead to one character’s death from repetitive vomiting.

FOUR: Purge by Sarah Darer Littman: In this book, a bulimic teen is sent to a residential treatment facility, determined not to get better — but comes to realize she needs help. This was written by an author who suffered from bulimia, and she includes resources for other teens who need help.

FIVE: Perfect by Ellen Hopkins: This is a thick, free verse poetry book that deals with a lot of body issues, including anorexia, plastic surgery and steroid use.

Can you add a recommendation to this list? What other books have you read about eating disorders or body image?

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