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Bode speaks directly to preteens and their parents about the many dangerous eating disorders and describes their symptoms, causes and various ways to cope.160 pp.

"...aimed at preteens as well as their parents...includes a lists of national organizations and places to go for further of the first books to address this affliction that is now affecting preteens."

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Bode speaks directly to preteens and their parents about the many dangerous eating disorders and describes their symptoms, causes and various ways to cope.160 pp.

"...aimed at preteens as well as their parents...includes a lists of national organizations and places to go for further of the first books to address this affliction that is now affecting preteens."

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The ALAN Review - Edna Earl Edwards
Janet Bode has carefully researched eating disorders in order to offer a guide for preteens and their parents. The book is divided into three parts: for young readers, for adult readers, and for all readers. Part I gives real life stories and thoughts of youngsters with eating disorders so that readers can recognize their own behaviors. It is interspersed with tidbits of facts, checklists, quizzes, and helpful suggestions. Part II is designed to help adults recognize behaviors indicating anorexia nervosa and bulimia and respond to appropriately. Part III provides (a) a list of organizations, (b) additional readings for further help, (c) a list of professionals consulted with their backgrounds, and (d) endnotes. The book is helpful without being preachy; it does not gloss over the severity of eating disorders or pretend to have all the solutions for such problems. Both young readers and their parents will find it readable and enlightening.
VOYA - Kate O'Dell Madison
Books discussing eating disorders are a perennial high-interest topic for young adults and seem to fly off the shelf regardless of quality. Two new, informative titles add significant and different viewpoints to this topic. Aimed at preteens and their parents, Food Fight serves as a fantastic discussion tool. This work will help those readers already suffering from eating disorders, those entering adolescence who wish to avoid the problem, those with a friend experiencing an eating disorder, and parents who want to learn more. Several first-person interviews reveal the anger and self-loathing that people with eating disorders often experience. Divided into three main sections, Food Fight addresses young readers and their concerns, addresses parents directly, and shares further reading and resources with both audiences. The book also includes factual information of use to older teens interested in the cause and effect of eating disorders. Bode consulted an impressive list of professionals, and the resources provided are inclusive to the field. Public libraries might want to consider purchasing two copies: one for the youth section and one for the adult section. Afraid to Eat addresses the topic of eating disorders from a societal viewpoint, looking at how society shapes children's and teen's perceptions of weight and image. This title features a sophisticated discussion of the topic and includes statistics and scholarly studies. Berg looks more closely at the causes of eating disorders and the stereotyping and prejudice that overweight people face. She also puts forth ideas for families and schools to battle this cultural/physical/psychological problem. Afraid to Eat provides useful reference material for teens, parents, educators, and health professionals. It will not be devoured as readily as the reader-friendly Food Fight. Still, consider ordering multiple copies. Photos. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Afraid to Eat: Children and Teens in Weight Crisis and Food Fight: A Guide to Eating Disorders for Pre-Teens and Their Parents. VOYA Codes: 5Q 5P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Gr 4-7Food Fight was written in response to the increasing occurrence of anorexia and bulimia among children as young as eight or nine, even though much of the discussion may be beyond that target audience. The first section is directed at preteens; it describes and analyzes various eating disorders, often using interviews with young victims as examples. Bode's approach is highly readable and her tone is conversational. Sidebars, quotes, and charts are scattered throughout, often with quirky titles such as "Death's Door," "Starve and Stuff," and "Shamu the Whale." The presentation informs anorexic or bulimic children that they are not alone or unique in their struggles. Solid information is presented, albeit somewhat indirectly, in a nonthreatening manner often couched in offbeat humor, such as the chapter title, "Yum, Yum, Yum, Barf." The second part of the book, related in the same compassionate manner, is for adults. In it, Bode reveals her daughter's ongoing struggle with bulimia. She offers hope, direction, and companionship to her fellow travelers on a difficult and sometimes fatal journey. Clifford J. Sherry's Drugs and Eating Disorders Rosen, 1994, which also includes the abuse of diet pills and appetite suppressants, and Ellen Erlanger's Eating Disorders Lerner, 1988 are more straightforward presentations. Nancy J. Kolodny's When Food's a Foe Little, Brown, 1992, Don Nardo's Eating Disorders Lucent, 1991, and Ben Sonder's Eating Disorders Watts, 1993 are more detailed treatments for YAs.Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
Kirkus Reviews
A number of books on eating disorders have been written for teenagers; Bode (Trust and Betrayal, 1995, etc.), acknowledging that these diseases are occurring among younger people—predominantly among preteen girls—directs this book to that audience and their parents. It's clear from the opening pages that anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating are serious disorders with potentially fatal consequences; noting that the causes are rarely physiological, Bode discusses at length the psychological and social pressures that predispose children to begin the food fight that can destroy their lives and the lives of their parents and siblings, too. The tone of the book is compassionate but practical; Bode notes that families seeking help learn the hard way that many hospitalization plans do not cover therapy or treatment for bulimics or anorexics, even when hospitalization becomes necessary. With a useful list of organizations concerned with eating disorders, and a list of further reading, this solid and informative book should be made widely available to all those at risk.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689802720
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.67 (d)

First Chapter

Chapter 1: Heavy Meanings

Defining Moments

Eating disorders are mind-body problems. They occur when individuals reduce complicated lives to one issue: reducing their weight.

People may try to starve themselves, a condition called anorexia nervosa. They may binge and purge, uncontrollably overeating and then ridding their bodies of the food, a condition called bulimia nervosa. Or they may combine these two methods to lose weight, going back and forth between them.

Until recently most of those who developed anorexia and bulimia were in their teens or early twenties. Now the age when the behavior first starts can be even younger. Your age.

Although boys have been known to have eating disorders, experts say that 85 percent to 90 percent of those they see are female. That's why this book is aimed more at girls than boys. That's why the words "she" and "her" will appear more often than "he" and "him."

Regardless of the gender, each person with an eating disorder is unique. Still they share certain characteristics. As they become increasingly focused on food and eating, their behavior falls into certain patterns....

Copyright© 1997 by Janet Bode

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    Posted March 25, 2005

    I Like This Book Because...

    I give this book 4stars because it has lot of strong verbs and a lot of potienal in his or her way of writing this book. The reason why i did not give it 1 more star is because it could probably be boring and not as much great of a book.

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