Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In on Living Large, Losing Weight, and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help

Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In on Living Large, Losing Weight, and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help

by Abby Ellin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586484606
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 01/28/2007
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

For five years, Abby Ellin wrote the "Preludes" column, about young people and money, in the Sunday Money and Business section of the New York Times. She also regularly writes the "Vows" column in the New York Times Sunday Styles section, as well as feature assignments for the New York Times Magazine. Her work has appeared in a range of publications, including Time, the Village Voice, Marie Claire, More, Self, Glamour, the Boston Phoenix, and Spy (RIP). She's an editor-at-large for Gotham magazine and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. But her greatest claim to fame is naming "Karamel Sutra" ice cream for Ben and Jerry's.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Fat Kid Blues     xv
Ho Hos in Paradise     1
Behavior Modification and Its Discontents     61
Mothers Against Fat Kids     86
The Myths of Willpower and Control     137
Honey, I Shrunk My Stomach!     162
Size Acceptance: Fat or Fiction?     186
Inner Fat Camp     202
Epilogue: Weighing Grandma     219
A guide to resources     223
Notes     233
Select bibliography     247
Index     249

What People are Saying About This

Betsy Lerner

"Abby Ellin has written a necessary road map for parents and their children who struggle with eating issues. She is brave enough not to pretend to have answers, but smart enough to provide meaningful insights and true stories from the frontlines."--(Betsy Lerner, author of Food and Loathing)

Wendy Shanker

"Beware, Moms and Dads: this may look like a book, but it's really a mirror. Written with candor, curiosity, and compassion, Abby Ellin's Teenage Waistland reflects our own grown-up (but not always mature) issues and insecurities around body and beauty, health and happiness."--(Wendy Shanker, author of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life)


"Teenage Waistland is a must-read for doctors, families, clergy, and teachers. Its straight-forward perspective challenges our current views about weight loss, body image, and the manipulative societal pressures on our children."--(Emme, plus-size model)

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