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Understanding Weight and Depression

Understanding Weight and Depression

by Ann Kirby-Payne (Joint Author), Julie M. Clarke

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The eleven books in the Teen Eating Disorder Prevention series cover topics such as anorexia nervosa, exercise addiction, compulsive eating, and weight loss programs. This review was written and published to address two of the books in this series. Sports and Eating Disorders and Weight and Depression are worthy introductions to their topics. Each book focuses on one type of eating disorder and offers solid information for researchers, those suffering from the malady, and those who wish to help people suffering from the disorder. A summary chapter explains eating disorders, and there is a list of where to go for help. Exploring the concept of body image, Clarke and Kirby-Payne discuss the unrealistic media models that teens strive to emulate. The chapter "Danger in the Diet Zone" contains excellent information about diet drugs, supplements, and fad diets. Numerous quizzes and lists of warning signs for depression, eating disorders, and suicide are offered along with explanations of different forms of therapy. Stanley's book stresses the connection between the desire to be "best" and eating disorders, especially in sports such as wrestling, figure skating, and gymnastics. Specially highlighted blocks of text offer information about topics that range from vegetarianism to questions to ask when choosing a therapist. Here also are quizzes and lists of warning signs for exercise compulsion and societal pressure along with the forms of therapy used to treat sports-related eating disorders. Although both titles give solid, basic information about their topics, they would have benefited from better editing and closer attention to detail. The Stanley book states, "It is important to recognizethat the inability to keep from overeating is a result of gluttony or laziness—it is a disease." The omission of the word "not" before the words "a result of" destroys the author's meaning. The index in the Clarke and Kirby-Payne volume gives incorrect page numbers for all entries. Despite these faults, both titles would serve to help teens suffering from eating disorders and depression. Glossary. Index. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Rosen, 144p. PLB $17.95. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Rachelle Bilz

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

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Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
Teen Eating Disorder Prevention Book Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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