45 Pounds (More or Less)
by K.A. Barson
At 16 years old, Ann doesn't remember a time when she hasn't struggled with her weight.
All of the other women in her family look fantastic and thin, while she fights to fit into something other than baggy pants and t-shirts.
When her aunt announces that she's getting married in just a few short months and Ann is going to be in the wedding party, Ann knows she's got to lose 45 pounds in order to feel confident among the beauties in her family.
On her journey, she tries fad diets, "incentive" clothing, bargaining with herself (just one more donut and I'll be good tomorrow), and so much more.
Can she find herself among all the words of wisdom, help, and hate that surround an overweight girl?
Final thoughts: Ann's struggles are realistic, if a little repetitive. She sometimes comes off a little whiny, but the overall message is good. Tricks don't work. Fads don't work. Fat doesn't magically come off. People who are overweight aren't necessarily lazy or pigs; they are just regular people who don't really know how to balance food and fitness. There are other messages about the dangers of being thin, too. How are we affecting our future generations with our constant messages about being skinny?