Teenage Waistland, written by Abby Ellin, addresses the timely subject of childhood obesity. There's been a slew of books on this topic recently, but this one stands out from the pack. Subtitled A Former Fat Kid Weighs in on Living Large, Losing Weight, and How Parents Can (and can't) Help, Teenage Waistland is written by a journalist and former fat-camp participant/counselor who has a unique, empathetic perspective on this issue. Ellin, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Cosmopolitan and other major publications, writes with compassion and humor about the trials of overweight kids and what parents can do to help. Anyone who's ever dealt with a weight problem will benefit from her insights.

Katherine Wyrick lives in Little Rock and is the mother of two small children.

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