5/1/04 Science Books & Films
This is an excellent book for adolescents by an award-winning health and medical broadcast journalist. Trudi Strain Truiet provides clear, concise information in an easy-to-understand format as she makes the point that 9 million Americans are currently battling an eating disorder. The book begins by asking young readers to think about their own body image by answering a short survey with yes or no responses. Once the reader is engaged in the topic, Truiet provides the facts along with appropriate illustrations and case examples. The personal stories are a tremendous asset to the book because they put a real face on what could otherwise be written as a dry, scientific treatise. This book offers hope by providing strategies and helpful suggestions for changing thought cycles about body image.
The book consists of seven chapters, a glossary, a list of further resources, and an index. The additional resources include books, videos, and on-line sites and organizations. This volume would be most appropriate for junior high audiences, although young adults (grades 9-12) may also find the material helpful. The author presents complex material in a very clear manner that should appeal to the young reader; the information is accurate and well organized. I highly recommend this book on an often-overlooked issue facing our society today. It is a text that not only identifies a problem, but also provides useful tools for addressing it.
RELATED SUBJECTS: Human Body