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

3 defining symptoms of eating disorders that everyone overlooks

The textbook definitions of eating disorders mainly relate to how a person eats food. For example, someone who has an eating disorder typically restricts food, binge eats, and/or purges in an attempt to negate caloric intake. A person who has an eating disorder is often dedicated to hiding these eating symptoms in order to avoid … Continue reading 3 defining symptoms of eating disorders that everyone overlooks

diets and weight loss and their relationship to eating disorders

The truth about diets that parents need to know to prevent eating disorders

There is significant science proving that 1) diets typically result in weight gain, 2) diets are bad for our health, and 3) diets lead to eating disorders. However, the $70 billion diet industry spends a tremendous amount of money convincing us otherwise. Dieting is a cultural obsession and is something that doctors regularly prescribe without … Continue reading The truth about diets that parents need to know to prevent eating disorders

How to handle yelling, crying and arguments during your child’s eating disorder recovery

Many parents who have children who have eating disorders are surprised to discover that their child's disorder is about emotions, not food. While a person who has an eating disorder has symptoms related to food, the underlying issue that needs to be addressed is their emotional wellbeing. This is why it's common during eating disorder … Continue reading How to handle yelling, crying and arguments during your child’s eating disorder recovery

Parenting myths you should ignore immediately to prevent eating disorders

As eating disorders and other disordered methods of processing emotions become more prevalent, we must look collectively at our cultural norms and rules that may be contributing to these disorders. Although no disorder is ever a parent's fault, and parents alone cannot prevent all eating disorders, we do have tremendous opportunity to prevent and heal … Continue reading Parenting myths you should ignore immediately to prevent eating disorders