Three ways to help your child avoid the dangerous side effects of being fat

Do you have a fat kid? Are you worried about your fat kid? You should be, but not because of their adipose tissue. The reason you should be worried about your child who lives in a larger body is that fat stigma begins early and can have a significant impact on your child's lifelong health. … Continue reading Three ways to help your child avoid the dangerous side effects of being fat

Foodphobia: why are there so many people restricting entire food groups in the name of health, and what does it have to do with eating disorders?

As the food industry has continued to deliver tastier, cheaper, and more easily available food, the $70 billion diet industry has simultaneously arisen to convince us that eating is something about which we should feel deeply ashamed. Diet trends have come and gone, but never have there been so many Foodphobic, elimination-based diets as there … Continue reading Foodphobia: why are there so many people restricting entire food groups in the name of health, and what does it have to do with eating disorders?

My adult child hid her eating disorder from me for decades – here is what I would change about how I raised her

by Anonymous My sweet girl slipped right through my fingers. A lovely, well-adjusted child right up until puberty began at about 11 years old, she spent her adolescence and young adulthood battling an eating disorder that I didn't even know about. I missed the symptoms and cries for help, and I'm still struggling with my … Continue reading My adult child hid her eating disorder from me for decades – here is what I would change about how I raised her

3 sacred cows to dismantle when your child has an eating disorder

A sacred cow is an idea, custom or institution believed to be above criticism. Sacred cows are firmly believed to be absolutely and factually correct, but they do not stand up to critical evaluation. Overcoming sacred cows requires endless practice. Even when firmly shown to be false, they often survive due to the unconscious beliefs that … Continue reading 3 sacred cows to dismantle when your child has an eating disorder

An eating disorder is more than a weight-based illness, by Therese Roeser

I was raised in a home where there seemed to exist a great deal of permission around food.  There was a large variety of food available in our pantry and refrigerator. Friends would flock to our house to eat “sugary” cereal and “junk” food.  In addition, appealing, balanced meals were served on a predictable schedule. … Continue reading An eating disorder is more than a weight-based illness, by Therese Roeser

How to help someone you love who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder

It can be incredibly difficult to watch a loved one who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. Mental health conditions make it hard for your loved one to experience life. No matter how much you love the person, your love alone will not help them recover. The person you … Continue reading How to help someone you love who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder

Major depression is on the rise for adolescents and young adults – here’s what this means for parents

A new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield shows that major depression is on the rise among Americans from all age groups, but is rising fastest among teens and young adults. [1] In a report issued May 10, 2018, BCBS announced the following important data: 1. The number of people of all ages and genders … Continue reading Major depression is on the rise for adolescents and young adults – here’s what this means for parents