Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O-Obesity and Characters From YA Books


According to the obesity in children has more than doubled and nearly tripled in teens. 

Overweight is defined as having excess body weight compared to height, where obesity is having excess body fat. Obesity has immediate and long term health effects, including: high cholesterol and blood pressure, prediabetes, development of diabetes, greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problem, increase risk of cancer, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Here are some characters from YA books that deal with the issue of obesity...

Ever from Skinny by Donna Cooner just had extreme-weight-loss surgery and the voice in her head "Skinny" tells her she's Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. Ever must learn to find her own voice.

Virginia Shreves from My Earth, My Butt, and Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family.

Eric from Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher was a social outcast in junior high due to his excessive weight and found a kindred spirit in Sarah Byrnes, whose face and hands were hideously disfigured in a childhood accident.

Don't forget about the power of three!!!

As part of the A-Z Challenge, we at Moxie Writers have decided to use the power of three, linking Moxie Writers with our author sites. So what does that look like?

Moxie Writers will briefly address YA causes or tough issues facing teens and organizations that aid in the cause/issue.

At Rebecca’s site, she will share characters from books that centers around the cause/tough issue.

At Susan’s site, she will share a song with some lyrics that pertains to the cause/tough issue.
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