In celebration of the release of WINTERGIRLS (which I have yet to read, but have a hold on it - still I know it's going to be fabulous.) I've put together a listing of other teen titles that talk about similar weight issues. This is an issue that everyone faces (not just women). Some of it stems from critical comments from "friends" or family. Some of it stems from Hollywood looks - where being thin makes you better. Some of it stems from magazines and media - idealizing the perfect body shape. Some of it stems from clothing stores that rarely sell normal size clothing. All of these bombard women with the societal view of the idealized woman.
BUT everyone's different, unique, and special. It's hard to stop analyzing yourself and becoming comfortable in your own skin - but it IS possible.
Check out WHY Laurie Halse Anderson wrote this book: