Gr 9 Up-"Your weight is not your problem, it's merely a symptom," says the psychiatrist to a group of teens approved for surgical weight loss. The statement does not immediately stick, even though, prior to their gastric surgery, Bobby had felt the strain of living up to his father's expectations and football legacy, Marcie harbored resentment toward her new stepfamily, and East still mourns her father's suicide and her mother's retreat from the world. Throughout the teens' operations, recovery, and drastic changes in diet, their problems become more complicated as they shed pounds. While these numerous betrayals, revealed secrets, and tragic losses threaten to overwhelm readers, they effectively illustrate the various health risks and emotional consequences involved with the procedure. One senses that the authors felt a need to get all the information out there, and though this results in the characters occasionally straying into medical lecture speak, their internal journeys and external transformations help drive the narrative. An afterword from the director of the Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center is included.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Marcie, Bobby, East, and Char are candidates for a teen surgical weight-loss trial. Each is severely overweight, and each has significant issues in their past that have led to their current need for surgical intervention. Three of the teens alternate the narration in a novel that is surprisingly upbeat given its emotional intensity. A mandatory support group dubbed Teenage Waistland brings the teens together with others undergoing the trial. They are encouraged to explore their habits and relationship with food, and in doing so, they uncover and face demons ranging from parental disapproval to suicide and statutory rape. Although group-leader Betsy’s role sometimes lends the air of a self-help book wrapped in a novel’s cover, the teens themselves are vibrantly drawn characters whose journeys into their past as they envision a healthier future for themselves will draw laughs, tears, and much compassion. Grades 9-12. --Heather Booth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Eating for comfort is just the tip of the iceberg for this group of obese teens. They've each qualified for a weight loss trial surgery - the Land-Band procedure is currently... Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by TeensReadToo
What teenager doesn't go through self image problems whether they are a few pounds overweight or obese? Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Hannah
Teenage Waistland joins a group of several YA novels that have been released in recent years addressing the very serious problem of teen obesity. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by J.Prather
Teenage Waistland follows 4 teenagers as they go through the process of a clinical weight lost trial. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Yan
I could not put this book down! This is a compelling read about teenagers who are not immediately sympathetic -- they are high school outcasts who are morbidly obese. Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by jehw
The story may be about overweight kids, but this fine book is not only for overweight kids. Everyone should be able to relate to this tale of self-discovery and triumphing over... Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Riley