Teenage Waistland

Teenage Waistland

"You all believe that losing one-hundred-plus pounds will solve everything, but it won't. Something far heavier is weighing on you, and until you deal with that, nothing in your lives will be right."  -Betsy Glass, PhD, at first weekly group counseling session for ten severely obese teens admitted into exclusive weight-loss surgery trial   Patient #1: Female, age 16, 5'4", 288 lbs. -Thrust into size-zero suburban hell by remarried liposuctioned mom. Hates new school and skinny boy-toy stepsister. -Body size exceeded only by her big mouth.  Patient #2: Male, age 16, 6'2", 335 lbs. -All-star football player, but if he gets "girl surgery," as his dad calls it, he'll probably get benched. -Has m

Lynn Biederman and Lisa Pazer
Delacorte Press

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