“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
My daughter has been struggling with her weight for practically her whole life. Now that she's a teenager, it's harder than ever. I'm so glad my friend recommended this book, and I'...more
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 available only for adults. With this trial, the teens are required to keep a journal, write down a truthful account of their food intake, and attend weekly group therapy sessions, as the surgery is only a tool and not a solution.
Told in alternative perspectives, Marcie, East,...more
Teenage Waistland centers on 4 morbidly obese teens that are in a clinical trial for Lap-Bands in teenagers.
Marcie - a girl who feels out-of-place with her new stepfamily and being taken away from her old home and father.
Char and East - a set of best friends that both have a horrifying event in their past that has left emotional scars
Bobby - a linebacker who is struggling with his dad's expectations for his future.
Throughout the trial, the teens are part of a support group t...more
If there's one thing...more
The author herself was never terribly overweight, but grew up obsessed about getting fat. This is actually a sub-theme of the book: th...more
It follows about 5 overweight teenagers that go through (well, four really) lap-band surgery to help them with their weight loss. At first look I thought this book was strictly about their losing weight and what they go through pertaining to that, but I was wrong...
This does talk about their surgery and their weight loss progress, but there is more to this story then that. It talks about the under...more
Plus. Why does the male character get to brag about wanting to lose his V-card, and the girl characters are sluts if they do? Grrrr.
Dates don't seem to match? Page 103 has 7/10/09 surgery day, and page 108 has 7/12/09 as birthday party.
I learned that "trouper" is the correct spelling when a person is loyal, dependable (page 160).
"...if,..you can start focusing more on other people, even when you're in pain yourself, it will help you heal from this. I promise. And the next time someone you care about is in pain, you will be there for them." Page 246
"Okay - food is often used as an expression...more
I do believe for some people that there is one moment, however for most of us there is not. Perhaps there is a genetic predisposition coupled with many little moments. The solution to maintaining a healthy weight is not that simple.
Anyway, I found that part of the book unrealistic. I was a...more
Even though I am not sure if I will get the surgery, this book gave me food for thought. E...more
The teens of Teenage Waistland are all part of a support group for lap band surgery patients; the actual procedure and the why-you-eat support group parts were interesting. So I guess there's that.