Investigating Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating): Real Facts for Real Lives

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VOYA - Amy Sisson
This new "Investigating Diseases" series consists of several books, each of which focuses on a specific health issue relevant to today's world. Individual books delve into topics such as eating disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, depression and bipolar disorder, tuberculosis and superbugs, influenza and bird flu, and diabetes. Each book begins with a 23-26 page chapter, usually labeled as "straight talk," that defines the disease and discusses its symptoms and global distribution. Subsequent chapters are devoted to the disease's history, science, prevention, testing, treatment, effects on everyday life, and outlook for the future. Each title is rounded out with a timeline, chapter notes, glossary, further reading, and an index. Although individual titles are structured and formatted consistently across the series, there is some flexibility in that each book tries to incorporate information in such a way as to be relevant to teens. For instance, Investigating Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating) makes particular note of popular celebrities who have publicly spoken about their eating disorders, including Janet Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Princess Diana, and Oprah Winfrey. Similarly, Investigating Influenza and Bird Flu devotes more pages than the other books to the "Outlook for the Future" chapter, which makes perfect sense considering the public's heightened awareness of potential pandemics. It even manages to reference the fact that the Edward Cullen character from the popular Twilight series was dying of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic when he was turned into a vampire. Overall, this series contains useful, well-organized, and current information. The publisher identifies the books as intended for grade levels 9 to 12, and the books do seem appropriate as sources for high school reports, particularly since they list other books, a handful of Web sites, and several relevant organizations in the "For More Information" section. As such, this series is certainly appropriate for high school and public libraries, and would not be out of place in junior high school libraries as well. Reviewer: Amy Sisson
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Eating disorders should be addressed in high school curriculums, but parents and teachers can do better than this book. While there is plenty of useful and up-to-date information, the writing is choppy and the medical statistics occasionally misleading. The authors states facts like "twenty percent of people who never go for (eating disorder) treatment die" "getting treatment is more difficult for men" or "anorexia is the most deadly psychiatric disorder" without providing context. The strongest component is the chapter relating the history of eating disorders, which provides historical context ranging from the "fasting girls" to Karen Carpenter. The repeated blaming of the media for eating disorders grow tiresome, but the section describing family types where eating disorders appear may be useful. The seven chapters cover Straight Talk About Eating Disorders, which includes who is at risk; The Science of Eating Disorders, with definitions of anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder and eating disorders not otherwise specified; The History of Eating Disorders; Risk Factors and Preventing Eating Disorders, including how to build self-esteem and learning about family influence; Diagnosis and Treatment, including explanations of medical assessments; Outlook for the Future, which discusses therapy and raising awareness and Living With Eating Disorders, which provides a warning about the long-term health risks of having this disorder. Other elements include a timeline, glossary, chapter notes and index. This is part of the "Investigating Diseases" series from Enslow. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766033399
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Investigating Diseases Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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