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.