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 …

Let’s make school free of weight bias

This is a guest post written by Julia Cassidy, MS, RDN, CEDRDS about how we can make every school free of weight bias Diet talk is so engrained into our culture, which makes sense as to why it is a part of our schools and the school activities. Weight bias at school jeopardizes kids’ emotional and physical health. To help …

Weight stigma in entertainment and society

Weight stigma in entertainment and society

It’s rare to encounter entertainment in our society that doesn’t include weight stigma. Most books, blogs, articles, social media, TV shows, and movies are filled with weight stigma. Weight stigma: bias or discriminatory behaviors targeted at individuals because of their weight. Weight stigma is weaponized in the media through language and images. Firstly, weight stigma assumes that fat is deadly …

My story_ perfectionism and eating disorders

My story: perfectionism and eating disorders

In this personal story written by Emily Formea we learn about the link between perfectionism and eating disorders. She has some wonderful advice for parents facing similar challenges. I struggled with an eating disorder for 10 years of my life! In fact, I suffered from multiple types throughout my decade-long war between me, my body, and my plate. I was …

Back to school: mental health tips for parents

Back to school: mental health tips for parents

As we head back to school this year, mental health has never been more important for parents and kids. Rates of anxiety, depression, suicidality, substance abuse and eating disorders are all on the rise. Parents can make a significant positive impact on kids’ mental health by following these mental health tips. Set up a morning routine Stay organized Set up …

Parents, don't talk about weight and dieting with your kids

Parents, don’t talk about weight and dieting with your kids

Many parents believe that talking about weight and dieting with kids is necessary to protect them from getting fat. And since we believe fat is deadly, parents who talk about dieting and weight control think they are keeping their kids healthy. But did you know that kids whose parents had weight-focused conversations with them had higher weight? [1] It turns …

How to listen to your child non-defensively

How to listen to your child non-defensively

Parents, it’s important to learn to listen to your child non-defensively. This means you take in what they are saying and accept their words without pushing back against them. This is difficult, as most of us feel very defensive about our parenting. When a child tells us we upset them, we want to fight back and protect our right to …

Bodily autonomy & the search for independence through eating disorders

Bodily autonomy & the search for independence through eating disorders

Some eating disorders can be linked to a pursuit of bodily autonomy. Whether their bodily autonomy is/was threatened by trauma or parents, these people struggle to find both independence and love. Their method of managing their distress is bodily modification and control. For example, many people who have an eating disorder also alter their body with tattoos, unusual clothing, hairstyles, …

Our daughter’s multi-state, multi-facility anorexia treatment process

Our daughter’s multi-state, multi-facility anorexia treatment process

By Ariel Selwyn In the Spring of 2018 my 13-year-old daughter wanted to “eat healthy.” There is nothing wrong with eating healthy, I thought. I am a certified health coach and am a huge advocate of eating healthy. My daughter began reading food labels on some things and I thought, I’ll keep an eye on that. This went on for …