Controversial Song of the Day: "Eet" by Regina Spektor
For the entire month of April, we'll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
We all have to eat. Some of us enjoy doing it so much that we create our daily schedules based on our meals *coughs* Pam and Quita *coughs*. But believe it or not, there are several people who don't partake in the pleasures and joy of food and eating like others. These are the people that we identify as having an eating disorder. There are various types of eating disorders; however, Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, and Binge-eating disorder are the most common. (taken from a Bing article sponsored by MayoClinic.com)
Did you know...?
*Anorexia nervosa is estimated to affect 1 in 100 adolescent girls
*The approximate age when young girls become anorexic is 13.75, and the range is 10 to 25 years old
*About 6% of girls between 13-19 are thought to have Bulimia nervosa
*76% of people with eating disorders began their disorder between 11 to 20 years of age.
Statistics taken from: teeneatingdisorders.us and teenhelp.com
The numbers may not be as shocking as some of the other stats we've given you this week, but in my opinion even 1% of the population being afflicted with an eating disorder is more than enough. These stats show that eating disorders exist and there are people who suffer from it--which means authors should not be afraid to write about it.
In Pam's novel, Wants, one of her characters suffers from a slight eating disorder. Her teen character is a dancer, with pressure from her mother to be the perfect size. As educators, we are all to aware of teen girls feeling pressure to look like the "perfect" women they see on TV and in magazines. We need writers, like Pam, to put a face to eating disorders, make teens aware that there are people who suffer just like them, and give them possible solutions to this growing problem.
So, while we wait to thumb through Wants, what other novels can you read that shine a light on eating disorders?
*Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
*More Than You Can Chew by Marnelle Tokio
*Skinny by Ibi Kaslik
*Perfect by Natasha Friend
*Kim: Empty Inside: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager by Beatrice Sparks
What do you all think about eating disorders in YA--is it something that definitely should continue to be discussed? Did we miss a book that we should have on this list?