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“LOVING PENNY” TELLS THE FICTIONAL STORY OF A YOUNG BLACK GIRL STRUGGLING WITH BEING AN OVERWEIGHT PRE-TEEN

— The classic fable of a butterfly finding her wings has been rewritten and adjusted to fit present society, obesity and bullying. —

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — In her revised anniversary edition of Loving Penny, Author Diane Sewell-Dorce has penned a loving story of a pre-teen youth following the classic path of childhood self-discovery and peer ridicule taken by most adults. In Loving Penny, Dorce adds to the standard growing pain mix a nationwide social epidemic afflicting our nation’s youth at an alarming rate – childhood obesity and bullying.

Loving Penny carefully illustrates the emotional struggles of an overweight pre-teen as she learns to accept her health problem, addresses the need for a lifestyle change and develops the courage to overcome her self-esteem issues. The number of seriously overweight children has more than doubled in the last three decades. Health experts now state that almost 30 percent of children and teens are seriously overweight. Consequently, an overweight adolescent has a 70 percent chance of becoming an obese adult.

Loving Penny is a fun read for adolescents and informative for parents and adults interested in the welfare of our children. Dorce provides an insightful view of one of America’s most significant childhood health problems and also highlights the disturbing social menace, bullying.

“I never thought I would be addressing “bullying” in a child’s book but it appears that this is a crucial concern amongst parents and children. It is more evident now with social media sites and the number of bullying incidents that we address this problem head on,” states Author Diane Sewell-Dorce about the reason for this book and its appeal.

Appealing to pre-teens, teens, parents and adults, Loving Penny is a story about discovering yourself in the midst of self-doubt. Everyone growing up has dealt with his or her own self-esteem issue. Penny, the main character in the book, originally finds herself comfortable with who she is- slightly overweight but certainly not obese. Doubts began to surface once Penny decides to try out for her middle school cheerleading squad. Once she feels the stinging sensation of rejection from her peers due to her weight, Penny turns to food for comfort. Penny substitutes eating for social interaction. She begins to rely on the empty feeling of consumption as her only solace as she downward spirals into lack of self-esteem and pity. The turning point of Penny’s character was recognizing a need for change, demanding of herself an improved self-outlook- a lesson for us all. Loving Penny is available in hard-copy and eBook form on Amazon.com as well as Smashwords and other EBook distributors. Diane Sewell-Dorce is the author of 3 other books, Devil in the Mist, 52 Broad St. and Smoke.

14Mar
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