Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Danielle Calix, MD (Ochsner for Children)
Description: This is a comprehensive overview of eating disorders condensed from a variety of sources including health clinics, foundations, and lay organizations. It includes statistics, information on specific disorders with risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment options, as well as information about healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide updated information about eating disorders, body image, self esteem, and the factors that influence these issues. It also focuses on developing healthy eating and exercise plans for teens. The book does fulfill a need for important teenage health information.
Audience: It is written specifically for teenagers who are seeking more information about eating disorders for themselves or for friends or loved ones who may be affected. It also may be useful for healthcare providers who care for teenagers, especially those involved in eating disorder and obesity programs.
Features: The majority of the book covers specific eating disorders including statistics, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, health consequences, and coexisting conditions. To a lesser degree but equally important, it reviews weight loss in teens as well as special dietary needs in vegetarians and athletes. Particularly helpful are the "It's a Fact", "Quick Tip" and "Are You at Risk?" comments and assessments.
Assessment: Although this book does provide important and useful information for teens, the presentation at times seems advanced for teenaged readers. In addition, because this is, in fact, a compilation of information from a variety of sources, articles, web sites, and handouts, it becomes a bit choppy with changing voice/narrator/point of view from chapter to chapter. Despite these shortcomings, the book does bring together a variety of sources to help teens and their caregivers in the battle against eating disorders and obesity.
VOYA - Cheryl French
This update to the 2005 edition provides information about a wide range of eating and body image disorders. The volume is broken into six parts covering general information about eating disorders; specific disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and others; the health consequences of eating disorders; prevention, diagnosis, and treatment; healthy eating and exercise; and additional reading, research studies, and organizations. Each chapter has full citation information on the first page, and the book concludes with a comprehensive index. "Quick Tip" and "It's a Fact!!" text boxes scattered throughout add concise tidbits of advice and factual information. This book pulls together reports, articles, and other primary sources from governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations into one comprehensive volume. It provides an accessible starting place for teens who might be new to library research or overwhelmed by the amount of information available. Overall, the material selected is presented in a clear, even tone, although the range of voices creates a somewhat choppy flow. Also because the chapters are compiled from many different sources, some information is repeated. For the student researcher, however, such variations and redundancies will not stand out as a negative. Although the volume includes information to help teens and their families and friends deal with an eating disorder, it is unlikely to be used as a personal self-help book. Its format and appearance make it better suited for student reports and for libraries that find other such compilations in high demand. Reviewer: Cheryl French
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up
This handy reference offers basic information and addresses specific disorders, consequences, prevention, diagnosis and treatment, healthy eating, and more. It is written in a conversational style that is easy to understand. Sidebars provide extra information. The only downside is the lack of illustrations. This volume will provide plenty of facts for reports as well as browsing potential for students with an interest in the topic. Like other books in the series, some passages are repetitive, so it is not meant to be read cover to cover. The second-edition changes include some slight restructuring, with the subsection "Athletics and Eating Disorders" being absorbed into the "Specific Disorders" chapter. More specific disorders are listed and discussed in Part II as well. However, unless your library needs extremely up-to-date information on this topic, the 2005 edition will still suffice. The Web sites, additional reading suggestions, and organizations sections have also been updated.-Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX