How to stay married when your child has an eating disorder

How to stay married when your child has an eating disorder

Couples can take active steps to stay married when their child has an eating disorder. An eating disorder is a major stressor in a marriage, and can lead to distance and even divorce. Stress is no small thing in a marriage. We have all heard about couples who divorce following the death of a child. But did you know that …

How family dynamics impact eating disorder development

How family dynamics impact eating disorder development

In our series to help parents understand eating disorders, we take a look at how family dynamics impact eating disorder development. This article is an excerpt from the free workbook, Understanding Eating Disorders: A Guide For Parents. Please feel free to get a copy. If you have a child who has an eating disorder, then you have probably been told that …

Data in support of the non-diet approach to health

Data in support of the non-diet approach to health

Despite what every magazine, influencer, newspaper and even your doctor says, the data we have available is in support of a non-diet approach to health. This is surprising and even shocking to many people, but it’s important that we turn the tide on diet propaganda and look at the facts. NOTE: every statement in this article is linked to a …

7 genetic, personality & experiences linked to eating disorders

7 genetic, personality & experiential factors linked to eating disorders

In our series to help parents understand eating disorders, we take a look at how genes, personality, and experiences impact their development. This article is an excerpt from the free workbook, Understanding Eating Disorders: A Guide For Parents. Please feel free to get a copy. If you have a child who has an eating disorder, then you have probably been …

Does intervention work for a child with an eating disorder?

Does intervention work for a child with an eating disorder?

Michelle has watched her daughter Marisa slip further and further into an eating disorder; now she wants to hold an intervention for her child. “I can’t sit by and watch this anymore,” she says. “It’s absolutely killing me to see her hurting her body so much, and I’m tired of walking on eggshells.” I completely understand Michelle’s concerns. Eating disorders …

Journal prompts to use with a child in eating disorder recovery

Journal prompts to use with a child in eating disorder recovery

Parents can help a child with eating disorder recovery, and these journal prompts that you complete together can guide you. Read on to find out: Why you should journal together Benefits of journaling together How to use the journal prompts Set some ground rules Five journal prompts for eating disorder recovery Why you should journal with your child in eating …

Is social media causing our kids to get more eating disorders?

Is social media causing our kids to get more eating disorders?

Our kids are developing eating disorders at higher rates than ever before, and many are asking whether social media is causing the spike. One of the things that makes people think social media may be causing eating disorders is because it creates a powerful community around weight loss and body-based goals. Even when models are literally fake, people still see …

When your college student gets an eating disorder

When your college student gets an eating disorder

If your college student has an eating disorder it can be disorienting and terrifying. Eating disorders are most often diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 21 years of age. So it’s not uncommon to find out about them in college. One of the biggest challenges with college-onset eating disorders is that your child is now a young adult. They …

What is the best way to parent a difficult child

Unlock the best way to parent a difficult child

Many parents wonder what is the best way to parent a difficult child. There are two common paths in our culture. One way is to bring down the hammer and increase control in the household. A second approach is to throw up your hands and give up on trying to change things. Of course, you may still complain about your …

Cómo comprar ropa cuando tu hija utiliza tallas grandes

Cómo comprar ropa cuando tu hija utiliza tallas grandes

Los cuerpos vienen en todas las tallas, y si usted tiene una hija que utiliza tallas grandes, necesita considerar cómo ayudarle a encontrar prendas de ropa que la hagan sentir bien. La ropa en tallas grandes para niñas, y ropa talla grande junior puede ser difícil de encontrar, pero los padres pueden hacer el proceso mucho más fácil al identificar …

How to handle your child's food anxiety

How to handle your child’s food anxiety

Learning how to handle your child’s food anxiety before, during, and after mealtimes is essential to recovery. Parents can help children heal from eating disorders by learning to help them tolerate food anxiety. Eating disorders fall under the umbrella of anxiety disorders. This means that while the presenting issue is the eating behavior, often the underlying issue is anxiety. And …

Mental health resources for BIPOC & LGBTQ+

Mental health resources for BIPOC & LGBTQ+

In this article, Janette Valenzo shares her eating disorder story and provides mental health resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ+. This article is also available in Spanish. When I was asked to write this personal story, I was happy to help shed some light on eating disorders and how my Latinidad played a crucial role in the development of my health …

Recursos de salud mental para BIPOC y LGBTQ +

Recursos de salud mental para BIPOC y LGBTQ+

En este artículo, Janette Valenzo comparte su historia de trastornos de la alimentación y proporciona recursos de salud mental para BIPOC y LGBTQ+. Este artículo también está disponible en inglés. Cuando me pidieron que escribiera esta historia, estuve alegre que podría ayudar a traer un poco de luz a los trastornos alimenticios y cómo mi latinidad juego un papel crucial …

Weight loss incentives for kids - a good idea?

Weight loss incentives for kids – a good idea?

Lots of parents have heard of weight loss incentives for kids and wonder whether it’s a good idea. We live in a culture that tells parents that they should avoid weight gain in their kids. And parents are told they need to “watch” their kids’ weight. But since weight loss is hard, parents figure they can sweeten the deal with …

Eating disorders, orthorexia, and recovery, by Mimi Cole

Eating disorders, orthorexia, and recovery, by Mimi Cole

In this article, Mimi Cole tells us about eating disorders, orthorexia, and recovery. Mimi has lived experience with all three and is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling so she can help others recover from eating disorders. Mostly when we talk about eating disorders, we’re talking about underweight anorexia. This misses the vast majority of eating …