TEENAGERS’

Gloucestershire Echo - - FAMILY MATTERS -

BODY BRIL­LIANT

by Ni­cola Mor­gan, Franklin Watts, pa­per­back £7.99, ebook £4.99

WITH in­stances of anorexia in chil­dren as young as six, au­thor Ni­cola Mor­gan seeks to cham­pion change. Her books in­clude the highly rated Blame My Brain, and she has twice won the Scot­tish Chil­dren’s Book of the Year.

Her lat­est of­fer­ing, Body Bril­liant, Mor­gan aims to em­power a hap­pier and health­ier state of young mind.

Tak­ing the reader through top­ics in­clud­ing eat­ing dis­or­ders, self-harm and gen­der iden­tity, she of­fers ex­pla­na­tions of the psy­chol­ogy un­der­pin­ning young anx­i­eties, sug­gests ac­tiv­i­ties to inspire a health­ier body im­age, and pro­vides use­ful re­source lists for each topic area.

How­ever, it’s dif­fi­cult to see how this book might come to be read by its in­tended au­di­ence. Gift­ing it would seem heavy-handed; per­haps pa­tro­n­is­ing.

With an un­apolo­getic (but friendly) head-on ap­proach to top­ics, a young reader might pre­fer to swerve – par­tic­u­larly those most af­fected by them, the ac­tiv­i­ties may feel trite. Some ad­vice – such as en­sur­ing med­i­cal ad­vice is sought, fol­lowed by a sug­ges­tion of seek­ing ad­vice on­line – even feels po­ten­tially con­fus­ing.

But the adults en­gaged in chil­dren’s lives will gain the most from the chatty ex­pla­na­tions and who can best pick and choose from the sug­gested ac­tiv­i­ties – be­com­ing, them­selves, cham­pi­ons for change.

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