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You Are Enough: Your Guide to Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery

336p. Feiwel & Friends. Feb. 2019. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250151025.
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Gr 5 Up—Part personal narrative, part self-help manual, this compassionate work offers insight and options for eating disorder recovery. It is assumed that readers are familiar with the topic, meaning little time is spent defining eating disorders or describing their symptoms. Instead, the focus is on recovery. Relevant skills from research-proven therapy practices are presented in an accessible way, and medical, nutritional, and mental health experts are cited throughout. Social and societal pressures that contribute to disordered eating are countered with subjects like body positivity. Chapters end in simple exercises for readers to employ what they have learned. Petro-Roy shares her own story as an eating disorder survivor throughout the book, making the text personal and relatable. The tone of the book is casual, while managing to give the topic the seriousness it deserves. Emphasis is placed on how dangerous eating disorders can be, and the importance of recovery. The 12-page table of contents makes it easy to find specific content, while recommended resources and a bibliography provide ample opportunity for further reading.
VERDICT An excellent choice for libraries needing new eating disorder resources, especially those serving middle schoolers.

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