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How an eating disorder develops: Madi O'Dell's story
In her review, Barbara Feinberg writes :. It is a chilling notion, but one that is well known to anorexia researchers. This is the only book I know of with so many pictures. The main character Kessa had one of the most extreme cases of anorexia. I admired her strength in never giving into food no matter how strong her carnal desires were and she was severely emaciated so they were very strong. As Ms. Halse Anderson explains on the current Book Review podcast , she submitted the manuscript to eating disorder experts for input on the book.
Khristina Chess is the author of books about teens tackling tough issues like anorexia, drinking, anxiety, and depression. Photo by Mihail Macri. My most popular book is Hollow Beauty , a YA novel about a girl who decides to go on a drastic diet after a popular boy asks her to go to the prom. Reading stories of others and knowing that you—or someone you love—is not alone can be a powerful way to cope. There is magic in sharing our stories. Ask anyone who has leaned on a community to heal from some type of hurt. Reading books about eating disorders even can help save lives by showing what the symptoms and behaviors look like.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association , eating disorders affect over 70 million people worldwide. Those numbers seem to be rising as well, due to the increased impact media has on our everyday lives.
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Seattle Children's Eating Disorders Refeeding Program
February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month , when we all make an effort to improve our understanding of the disorders that affect around 8 million people in the U. Eating disorders range from anorexia to bulimia to binge eating, and are surrounded by stigma and misconceptions that can be very damaging for those who suffer. And what better way to educate ourselves than reading a book on the topic? These are only eight examples — and eating disorders can take many forms, and affect people of all ages, sizes, and genders. So these books will never feel perfectly accurate to everybody — but many bloggers and reviewers with eating disorders of their own have mentioned finding comfort in these particular eight books. YA novel Wintergirls tackles t he issue of competitive eating disorders , a particularly dangerous kind of peer pressure. As the book begins, Lia's best friend Cassie, who suffered from bulimia, has been found dead — and Lia is left to battle her anorexia with the added guilt of her friend's death.