Friday, January 08, 2016
45 Pounds (More or Less), by K. A. Barson
What emerges is a story about Ann's relationship with food, how it serves as a surrogate for love, how it defines not only her health but her self-image, and all of the ways that popular culture both shames the overweight while also encouraging people to over indulge. Along the way, Barson shoehorns in messages about anorexia and other eating disorders, and examines how even young children are susceptible to unhealthy messages about eating. It's a lot to fit into a book and the results can at times become preachy. That's a bit of a shame since Ann makes a very appealing protagonist and her struggles are easy to relate to.