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Abby Ellin wrote a column in the New York Times for more than three years, and her work has appeared in many major publications including Time and Cosmopolitan. She lives in New York City.


"A thoughtful, provocative and valuable account of subject that is too often beset by prejudice and hysteria." -- Paul Campos, Professor, University of Colorado and author of "The Diet Myth"

"Abby Ellin has written a necessary road map for parents and their children who struggle with eating issues." -- Betsy Lerner, author of "Food and Loathing"

"Ellin's funny, intimate and unblinkingly honest book is sure to help parents and kids wrestling with this issue." -- Alissa Quart, author of "Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers"

"Its straight-forward perspective challenges our current views about weight loss, body image, and the manipulative societal pressures on our children." -- "Emme"

""Teenage Wasteland" is not just about Ellin's personal experiences...It's about the emotional effects of the various solutions." --" Los Angeles Times", June 14, 2005

"Written with candor, curiosity, and compassion... [and]reflects our own grown-up and insecurities around body and beauty, health and happiness." -- Wendy Shanker, author of "The Fat Girl's Guide to Life"

"[Ellin] addresses the situation from a psychological, medical, cultural, and most important, understanding standpoint." -- "Gotham Magazine", August, 2005

"A unique, empathetic perspective on this issue [Ellin] writes with compassion and humor about the trials of overweight kids." -- "Bookpage", August 2005

"An honest, grimly funny report from a world that's lost all sense of proportion about fat." -- "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette", June 6, 2005

"One part investigative journalism, one part self-help, and one part personal narrative, "Waistland "is intriguing...both eloquent and moving." -- "The Boston Globe", September 18, 2005

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