Examines the phenomenon of compulsive overeating, various causes, and strategies for dealing with this disorder in oneself or others.
Children's LiteraturePeople who consume a very large amount of food in a very short time are compulsive overeaters. Compulsive overeating is a disorder often brought on by low selfesteem, a desire to escape or cope with conflict, or a fear of being fatall feelings common to teenagers. Bingeeating affects 25 percent of the U.S. population, but teens, especially girls, are at particularly high risk because they often dislike their body shape and weight and may feel overwhelmed. Judith Peacock presents the facts and feelings surrounding this eating disorder very clearly. Many readers will be able to identify with some of the feelings and situations encountered by the teens described in numerous sidebars. One teen says, "Boredom and loneliness caused Blaine's compulsive overeating." Another explains, "I wondered why I couldn't stick to a diet and lose weight. It's because you're such a loser, I told myself." Each chapter begins with an overview, and ends with several key conclusions and questions, helping readers relate the information to their own lives. There are specific suggestions for getting help, as well as a glossary and a list of books providing additional information. 2000, Capstone Press, Ages 9 to 15, $22.60. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
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