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Teenage waistland; a former fat kid weighs in on living large, losing weight, and how parents can (and can't) help.

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Teenage waistland; a former fat kid weighs in on living large, losing weight, and how parents can (and can't) help.

Ellin, Abby.

PublicAffairs

2005

257 pages

$25.00

Hardcover

RJ399

Journalist Ellin describes the complexities of being a fat teenager in America, which includes parental mistakes, commercial temptations, media cruelty, peer pressure approaching violence, professional patronization, and, at the center, a real kid with real issues. She starts with her own experiences and describes what it took for her to find her own true course. Along the way she finds various methods of accepting, learning, and changing necessary kids in the middle must consider when deciding what path to take for themselves. Ellin focuses on the emotional and the practical, rather than the theoretical, as she describes the rigors, failures, and triumphs endured and attained by kids whose fight is not always about their weight, but about becoming adults.

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