All too often material on eating disorders in adolescents simplifies the condition into just two categories: anorexia and bulimia. Fortunately, The Teen Health Library of Eating Disorder Prevention presents twelve different titles that approach this topic with a much broader understanding of the various forms an eating disorder can take. Food and Love: Dealing with Family Attitudes About Weight examines the awkward and difficult topic of families' emotional and physical health as it relates to an individual member's relationship to food. This is an excellent title for someone who may have food issues but needs a gentle introduction to the topic.
Eating Disorder Survivors Tell Their Stories relates four different teens' stories about their experience with compulsive eating, compulsive exercise, bulimia, and anorexia. After each story, the teens also share their advice for how to deal with situations like theirs. What's Real, What's Ideal: Overcoming a Negative Body Image defines for readers what it means to have a negative body image, what some of the causes might be, and suggestions for overcoming self-defeating perceptions and finding peace within one's own skin. This title also discusses the practice of self-mutilation, which is closely tied to eating disorders and too often not mentioned.
Other provocative titles in the series include Weight-Loss Programs: Weighing the Risks and Realities, Exercise Addiction: When Fitness Becomes an Obsession, and Eating Disorders Support Groups. The short length, large type, and very compelling cover art make this a readable, popular series. No topic is covered in great depth, but each title refers to both print and on-line resources for readers interested in more information. Though the photographs inside the covers are of average quality and often do not match the concepts being discussed on that page, this look at the many different forms an eating disorder can take serves the reluctant reader, the eating disorder suffere