Molly Ahrens (easy), p2

Molly's parents were frightened and they immediately took Molly to another doctor who told her that if she didn't start eating, she'd have to go to a hospital. When she heard that, Molly was frightened too and she started eating more. But whenever she ate, she started worrying about getting fat, and then she did a lot of exercise to lose weight.

The next time Molly went to a doctor, her weight was down to 30 kilograms. She was immediately sent to a special hospital for anorexic teenagers. The doctors there told her that if she didn't start eating more, she might be dead in two weeks. In the hospital, Molly had to eat. If she didn't, she wasn't allowed to make phone calls or do any activities with other patients. By the time Molly left the hospital she had got her weight up to 35 kilograms, but, after she left, she started to lose weight again. Soon she was back down to 33 kilograms. That was when she really got serious about fighting her anorexia.

Molly went back to the hospital and promised herself that she wouldn't leave until she weighed 41 kilograms. Within six weeks she had reached her goal; and after she left the hospital, she gained 14 kilograms more. She felt much better then. However, even though she was still thin, sometimes, when she looked in the mirror, she still felt she was fat.

--information from an article by Molly Ahrens and Laura Muha in “YM,” 97.10

young person older than twelve but younger than twenty

a “level” or “year” in school (You start in “Grade One” and next year you're in “Grade Two”)

playfully (but often cruelly) “make fun” of someone. (For example by joking about how they look.)

thin; (negative connotation)

not wearing any clothes

a mental illness; people who have anorexia stop eating because they think they are fat even though they are very thin

connected with the mind


part of a human leg between the hip and the knee