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We interrupt this week’s regularly scheduled posts…

rockwell_mirror… for some distressing news. According to a new study, “Being overweight — or simply believing they are overweight — might predispose some U.S. teens to suicide attempts.” is this just me, or is this horrifying?

It’s all about image for teens, and this study shows that reality has very little to do with perception. As authors of books for teens and young adults, I don’t want to say it’s your duty to try to counter studies like this, but do please bear it in mind for your characters. On a personal note, I really love seeing overweight characters who don’t hate themselves, and don’t focus exclusively on their weight. What other character tropes can you overthrow?

Link via Jezebel.

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