Even if it Kills Me

-Dorothy Joan Harris-

To make people like her, Melanie feels like she has to be perfect. She puts herself on a strict diet, works extra-hard to get good grades, and does a lot of volunteer work at the hospital. She never imagined that she would actually end up in the hospital herself though. The diet completely takes control of Melanie’s life. She finds that she can’t concentrate on anything anymore, aside from how many calories she is consuming. Will someone notice in time to help?

Even If It Kills Me has a good storyline and it is easy to identify with Melaine’s want to be noticed. Almost every teenage girl feels that at some point. This book showed me that you can’t always see people’s struggles from the outside.


Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where a person get obsessed by their weight, body shape and food intake to the point of self-imposed starvation

Signs of Anorexia

  • extreme weight loss
  • thin appearance
  • abnormal blood counts
  • elevated liver enzymes
  • fatigue
  • dizziness or fainting
  • seizure
  • brittle nails
  • hair that thins, breaks or falls out
  • absence of menstruation (amenorrhea)
  • development of fine hair on the extremities (lanugo)
  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • intolerance of cold
  • irregular heart rhythms
  • low blood pressure
  • dehydration
  • osteoporosis, the loss of bone calcium, which may result in broken bones

Early signs of Anorexia

  • refusal to eat
  • denial of hunger, even when starving
  • difficulty concentrating
  • obsession with body size and shape
  • skipping meals
  • making excuses for not eating
  • eating only a few certain foods considered safe, usually those low in fat and calories
  • adopting meal or eating rituals, such as cutting food into tiny pieces or spitting food out after chewing
  • weighing food
  • cooking elaborate meals for others but refusing to eat

If you know anyone that is dealing with anorexia make sure to tell an adult you trust – or even your doctor. There is lots of help available.


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