Book Reviews

Reviews of Dr. Susan’s “Girls Only Weight Loss”

“Thanks to Bartell, teenagers (and adults, too) will lose weight, learn a lot, and feel good about themselves—while having fun.”

—ForeWord Magazine

“If you’re frustrated that you’re overweight, then this book, written just for teens, is worth checking out…Dr. Susan understands how you feel…because she was an overweight teen.”

—San Diego Family Magazine

“Older tweens and teens will want to read from cover to cover… Parents will likely use this book differently…picking and choosing chapters to read…well worth having on the shelf.”

—Common Sense Media

“An amazing book that is a must read for parents and girls of all ages who are concerned with their weight and body image.”

—Janene Mascarella, Parenting and Family Life columnist, Long Island Exchange website

“I’d recommend [this book] to anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and been disappointed with what they see there.”

—Liza N. Burby, Managing editor of Newsday’s Parents and Children magazine, author of Bulimia Nervosa: the Secret Cycle of Bingeing and Purging

“Dr. Susan’s Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide goes front and center in my waiting room library and will be recommended to every overweight girl I see.”

—Jonathan Trager, M.D., Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Great Neck, NY

“Consciously not a diet book, this straightforward guide aims to help girls develop healthy patterns and decision-making sills while also building their self-esteem.”

—Savvy Family magazine, May 2006 (recommended summer reading)

“Bartell reaches girls without being condescending…sure to help scores of teenagers look and feel as good as they can.”


“Bartell is a friend to overweight girls everywhere. She tackles many important factors that contribute to weight problems…satisfyingly comprehensive.”

—Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine (VOYA)

“Packed with supportive, self-esteem shaping information and practical advice”

—Island Family Magazine

“Enables girls to address more than just weight loss…explores concepts such as self-empowerment, self-esteem, and healthy life-style choices”


“Not another diet book. Helps you get to the root of why your body is not at it’s best”

—Collegebound Network

“Dr. Susan takes a sensitive subject and turns it into an enjoyable self-help book. A must for teenagers and parents.”

—Roundtable Reviews

“[In] this virtual support-system-in-a-box  teens experience a discussion that speaks to them with honesty and authenticity”

—School Library Journal

“Psychologist Bartell encourages readers to be honest about what they want, what they look like and what’s in their control”

—Publisher’s Weekly

“Any parent who wants to help their daughter learn the right way to lose weight pick up this book”


“Offers preteens and teens a masterful approach to taking control of their health, weight, body image and lives. Empowers readers to make realistic and wise lifestyle choices. The moving stories and personal tips of real people sharing their struggles and offering solutions, makes this a unique, must read book!”

—Judy E. Marshel, PhD, RD, CDN, nutritionist specializing in treating eating disorders

“Filled with advice that works! Now girls have the tools they need to grow  with high self-esteem, self-confidence and healthy habits to last a lifetime. The wisdom, advice, exercises and tips are conveyed with clarity, a sense of humor, a keen ear for the way our daughters speak and a ‘listening’ heart that really knows what our daughters think and feel and hope and dream. This book is destined to be a classic!”

—Steven M. Rosman, Ph.D., L.Ac., M.S., F.A.A.I.M. Author of ten books including Spiritual Parenting and Jewish Parenting Wisdom

“This book will greatly assist teens and their parents with the sensitive subject of body image and weight management. Through ‘teen friendly’ discussion informing, motivating and encouraging girls to work towards an attainable goal.”

—Bev Francis, world power lifting and professional bodybuilding champion, Australian national shotput champion and record holder, co-author of Bev Francis’ Powerbuilding Book, owner of Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym, Long Island, N.Y.

“Thank goodness a book like Dr. Susan’s Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide has finally been written. It is a lot more than merely a young girl’s guide to a healthier body, it is truly the key to a becoming happier with herself!”

—Jann Blackstone-Ford, author, Midlife Motherhood

“Bartell empowers girls to take control of their bodies and minds with words of wisdom from not only herself, but also other girls who have been there. While this book is a must-read for preteen and teen girls, it also provides parents important insight into helping their daughters through body image issues, with which so many girls struggle. More power to the parent who arms their daughter with this information!”

—Elisa Ast All, Editor-in-Chief, iParentingMedia

“The search for every young girls healthier ‘me’ ends here. Every girl and her mother should read Dr. Susan’s Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide to better understand the relationship between food, and emotional needs and behaviors. Bartell provides her own personal experience as a teen and professional knowledge to present an understanding of the origin and solutions to our self-perception…demystifies how we feel about our bodies and our relationship with food.”

—Linda Silva, MS, LMHC, Editor-in-Chief, The Parent Guide

“Teens face a whole new world of problems today; couple that with the age-old issue of body image, and you’ll see why it’s imperative for them to have someone to confide in…will be a best friend to girls who strive for healthier bodies and happier hearts.  The whole family may find themselves passing this book around to read Bartell’s — and her teenage advisory panel’s — advice on a typical teenager’s everyday struggles to maintain a healthy weight and break unhealthy eating patterns.”

—Donna Smith, Senior Editor Family Energy Magazine

“Finally! A book that speaks to teenage girls in a language they can understand and relate to.  This book helps young women understand what body image really is…has excellent advice to help empower our young women to learn to love themselves and their bodies.  A must resource for anyone who lives with or works with a teenage girl!”

—Jennifer Biblowitz, Ms.Ed., school counselor

“In today’s world, inundated with fast food and sedentary activities, girls struggle enormously to be healthy and to feel good about their bodies…not only empowers girls to take charge of their own good health, it gives them the encouragement and tools to make it happen. Every girl should read this book and moms should take a look at it too.”

—Sharon Gersten Luckman, Executive Director, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Founder/Director Emeritus, Brant Lake Camp’s Dance Center for Teenage Girls

“A breath of fresh air. Girls who are struggling with weight and body image issues will find this plan practical, easy to follow, and highly motivational. It allows girls to discover that making positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle is possible!!”?

—Ira M. Sacker, MD, Founder and Director of the HEED (Helping to End Eating Disorders) Foundation, Inc.

“Dr. Susan’s Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide offers you a great opportunity to take charge of your health, your body, your life (from the Foreword)”?

—Angela Diaz, MD, MPH, Director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Professor of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

“Dr. Susan wants you to become a strong and powerful young woman! You’ll find ways to take an honest look at your self, your behaviors, and your relationships so that you can become the leader of your own life.  You’ll learn how to feel good as well as look good, become physically and emotionally healthy, and realize that you are indeed a valuable and worthy person.”

—Linda Lebelle, Director, Focus Adolescent Services

“Of the many books written on weight management, [this one] stands out as particularly refreshing. Upbeat,  written specifically for adolescent girls, in language that the adolescent can understand. It gives hope and inspiration to the thousands struggling with weight, body image disturbance and poor self-esteem. The factual information provided is based on a solid knowledge of adolescent nutrition, growth and development. Every adolescent girl should read it!”

—Neville H. Golden, M.D., Director, Eating Disorders Center, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Schneider Children’s Hospital, North Shore—Long Island Jewish Health System, NY, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

“Never patronizing and always engaging, with the experiences of her Girls’ Advisory Group interwoven among concise explanations, Bartell offers teenage girls inspirational tips for how to healthily eat and lose weight, recognize the signs of eating disorders, curb negative family and peer pressures and boost their self-confidence. If only high school health classes delved this deeply!”

—Cara Nissman, teen reporter, Your S.T.U.F.F., Boston Herald

“Forget the yo-yo diets and the magic pills. You can empower yourself to drop those pounds. Dr. Susan did something few experts bother to do. She actually listened to teenage girls – and learned from them. The result is awesome: A set of girl-tested strategies that really, really work. It’s your life we’re talking about. Who else should be in charge?”?

—Ellis Henican, Newsday

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