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Plus Size Teens - It is About Time!

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For the first time I am starting to see teen literature including successful and positive plus-size characters, and all I can say is, "it is about time!" Finally, there are large teens who are perceived as heroes and successful people.

While our culture keeps getting larger and childhood obesity and eating disorder rates keep climbing, the fact that there were no large, fat, plump, curvy, plush, whatever term you prefer, main characters with positive self-esteem, was really ridiculous. But all that seems to be changing.

There are now books with titles like "Looks," Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies," "Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have," "All About Vee," and "This Book Isn't Fat It's Fabulous," that include large teens in positive roles for large people. There are also blogs our there, like "Dairy of a Fat Teenager," for teens looking for support about being happy with there bodies and not spending their energy trying to be thin!

Some days I think there is hope!
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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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