A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teens learn from other teens about real-life experiences. Guide helps parents understand ways to support girls.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A chapter dedicated to puberty and changes in the body. Discussions of girls feeling self-conscious of their bodies around boys.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Dr. Susan refers to the impact of drinking on weight gain.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book was written as a resource for parents and as a guide for adolescent girls who struggle with weight issues. This is not about diets or quick fixes; Dr. Susan acknowledges the sudden changes to the body caused by puberty and genetic factors. She offers ways for parents to support without micromanaging, discusses how emotions play a role in what we eat, and offers alternatives for teens who don't like exercise.
Is It Any Good?
The title might alarm for parents, but it's just a hook to get readers. This smart book isn't about diets -- it's about helping girls understand that their weight is about more than what they eat. Dr. Susan Bartell explains the genetics, the physiology, and the psychology that play critical roles in weight gain and loss. She writes in terms that girls will understand, and with kindness and a bit of humor.
She employs another clever tool to connect with teen readers -- other teen girls. An advisory group of 12 preteen and teen girls read, discussed, and edited her book, and then added their real-life experiences. Pink polka dot graphics; quizzes on self-control, body type, self-love and food attitude; and a multitude of tips make this a book older tweens and teens will read from cover to cover. This also is a guide for parents to better understand how their daughters feel about their weight, providing advice on how to offer support without alienating teens.
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