Abby Ellin's parents got it all wrong when it came to helping her lose weight - but what would have been right? In this fresh, frank and funny look at childhood obesity and its treatment, she journeys through diet culture seeking a better way. Lately we've been inundated with books and articles about childhood obesity. Most offer cultural critique or nutrition and exercise advice - in tones that are alternately appalled and patronizing. Few address the psychological, medical, cultural and developmental complexities affecting over-weight kids. The truth is that many parents already know that Big Macs are fattening. What they don't know is how to effectively help and often discouraged, often reluctant kid on what will be a difficult, life-long journey. Abby Ellin, a journalist and former fat-camper whose parents' attempts to "save her" from fatness proved counterproductive, has had a lifelong interest in figuring out how they might have done it better, and an abiding compassion for overweight kids. In "Teenage Waistland", she shares the story of her own adolescent struggle with food and weight, and journeys through the landscape of today's diet culture.
She visits camps and community programmes, talking to experts, kids and parents and seeking to answer these questions: What can parents say that kids will hear? Why don't kids exercise more and eat less when they're dying to be thinner? What treatment methods actually work? Willpower or surrender? Shame or inspiration? "Teenage Waistland" is ultimately clarifying and provocative for anyone who's ever wrestled with weight issues. One size does not fit all when it comes to weight loss, and the better we understand that, the more likely we are to be able to help our kids.
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Author Biography - Abby Ellin
Abby Ellin wrote a column in the New York Times for more than three years, and her work has appeared in many major publications including Time and Cosmopolitan. She lives in New York City.