Thursday, April 5, 2012

April A to Z Challenge Letter "E" = Eating Disorders #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z


Welcome to day five of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.
Today's letter is "E" and my topic is = EATING DISORDERS.
Eating Disorders are the real deal guys. We need to pay attention.

Here a few of my favorite books that deal with eating disorders.








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“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another. 
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.

I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Wintergirls

The Pact
I took the knife out of my pocket and cut my palm, just a little. "I swear to be the skinniest girl in school, skinnier than you."
Cassie's eyes got big as the blood pooled in my hand.
She grabbed the knife and slashed her palm. "I bet I'll be skinnier than you."
"No, don't make a bet. Let's be the skinniest together."

"Okay, but I'll be skinnier."






1. Wintergirls,  by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she'll disappear altogether.




Clean 

“What if I'm so broken I can never do something as basic as feed myself? 
Do you realize how twisted that is? It amazes me sometimes that humans still exist. 

We're just animals, after all. 
And how can an animal get so removed from nature that it loses the instinct to keep itself alive?”    —Olivia



2. Clean, by Amy Reed
You’re probably wondering how I ended up here. I’m still wondering the same thing. Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. None of them wants to be there. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. And they certainly don’t want to share their darkest secrets and most desperate fears with a room of strangers. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves and one another if they want to learn how to live.  Because when you get that high, there’s nowhere to go but down, down, down.



Purge

“We Bulimia Babes are always the first to the table, because we have this strange relationship with food. We want to eat it badly, but afterward we want to puke it up equally as badly. 

The anorexics are another story. They’ll do anything to avoid eating, including hiding out at mealtimes, because they have a hate-hate relationship with food. It ends up causing plenty of friction between the bulimics and the anorexics, because we’ll be sitting at the table ravenous, even for the gross Golden Slopes food, but we’re not allowed to start until every one of the eating disorder patients is present and whichever nurse is head of the Eating Police for that meal tells us we can begin. 

It ends up being like a gang war, except instead of the Sharks and the Jets or the Bloods and the Crips; it’s the Barfers and the Starvers.” —p.6







3. Purge, by Sarah Darer Littmann

From acclaimed author Sarah Darer Littman, a striking story about a girl's recovery from bulimia in the tradition of CUT, PERFECT, and GIRL INTERRUPTED.
Janie Ryman hates throwing up. So why does she binge eat and then stick her fingers down her throat several times a day? That’s what the doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes hope to help her discover. But first Janie must survive everyday conflicts between the Barfers and the Starvers, attempts by the head psychiatrist to fish painful memories out of her emotional waters, and shifting friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.



The Stone Girl

She feels like a creature out of a fairy tale; a girl who discovers that her bones are really made out of stone, that her skin is really as thin as glass, that her hair is brittle as straw, that her tears have dried up so that she cries only salt. 

Maybe that's why it doesn't hurt when she presses hard enough to begin bleeding: it doesn't hurt, because she's not real anymore.





4. The Stone Girl, by Alyssa B, Sheinmel


Sethie Weiss is hungry, a mean, angry kind of hunger that feels like a piece of glass in her belly. She’s managed to get down to 111 pounds and knows that with a little more hard work—a few more meals skipped, a few more snacks vomited away—she can force the number on the scale even lower. She will work on her body the same way she worked to get her perfect grades, to finish her college applications early, to get her first kiss from Shaw, the boy she loves, the boy who isn’t quite her boyfriend.

Sethie will not allow herself one slip, not one bad day, not one break in concentration. Her body is there for her to work on when everything and everyone else—her best friend, her schoolwork, and Shaw—are gone.
From critically acclaimed writer Alyssa B. Sheinmel comes an unflinching and unparalleled portrayal of one girl’s withdrawal, until she is sinking like a stone into her own illness, her own loneliness—her own self.






Eating Disorders are so common in the US that 1 or 2 out of every 100 kids will struggle with one, most commonly Anorexia or Bulimia. 

Unfortunately, many kids and teens successfully hide eating disorders from their families for months or even years.