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28 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY help you through problems or stress. They can help you see that what’s inside matters more than how someone looks on the outside. Other kids can help, too. It’s important to remember how powerful words can be. A mean remark to a classmate can hurt more than you know. But kind words and friendship are healing. If you think someone may be struggling with anorexia, talk to her or him. Or tell an adult what you suspect. If you are wrong, that’s OK. But if you’re right, you may save a life.

Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with an Eating Disorder. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Orr, Tamra. When the Mirror Lies: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Other Eating Disorders. Danbury, CT: Franklin Watts, 2007. Radev, Anna, ed. I’ve Got This Friend Who: Advice for Teens and Their Friends on Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2007. Redd, Nancy Amanda. Body Drama. New York: Gotham, 2008. org/teen/food_fitness Dozens of articles for teens about healthy weight, body image, and eating disorders, including anorexia.

29 G ANOREXIA(an uh REX ee uh) an eating disorder that causes people to starve themselves, usually resulting in weight 15 percent or more below normal COUNSELOR(KOWN suh luhr) a professional who helps people who have personal or psychological problems EATINGDISORDERan unhealthy, extreme concern with food, body image, and eating FORMULA(FORM yoo luh) a method of calculating healthy and unhealthy weight ranges for each age GENE(JEEN) the basic unit of heredity, the information passed from parent to child that determines the way the body looks and works LANUGO(la NOO go) a covering of soft downy hair that grows on the face and body of people with severe anorexia MENSTRUALPERIOD(MEN stroo ul PEER ee ud) several days during each month when a nonpregnant woman’s body sheds the bloody lining of the uterus NUTRIENTS(NOO tree uhnts) substances that provide nourishment for the body SEVERE(suh VEER) very bad or dangerous THERAPY(THARE uh pee) counseling or treatment to cure physical or psychological problems 30 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY F M I Books Arnold, Carrie.

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