According to kidshealth.org, eating disorders are so common in America that 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with one. Every year thousands of teens develop some type of eating disorder. Eating disorders are extreme behaviors with food. The most common are anorexia and bulimia.
Here are some characters in YA books that struggle with eating disorders.
Lia and Cassie from Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson are best friends and competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her.
Karen from Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos is Donnie's sister. She struggles from anorexia and is starving herself to death. As Karen disappears into nothing, Donnie finds himself disappearing into Karen's disease.
Zoe from Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price is institionalized due to an eating disorder. She is forced to find herself through letters to a friend.
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