How to talk about food and body issues with your child

How to talk about food and body issues with your child

Talking about food and body issues can seem loaded. Many parents simply don’t know what to say so they avoid saying anything. Other parents feel uncomfortable with the subject and want to change their kids’ minds about food and body issues as quickly as possible. This can leave the child feel unconnected and unheard. So what is the solution? How …

Why power struggles over clothes aren't worth it

You’re wearing that?!

How to avoid power struggles over clothes Getting dressed should not be a battleground, and most of the time you don’t need to get into power struggles about clothes. Power struggles over clothes can result in the following side effects for our kids: Low self-worth Poor sense of self Rebellion Underdeveloped autonomy Damaged parent-child relationship Mental health issues, including eating …

How to talk about your child's eating disorder

How to talk about your child’s eating disorder

When your child has an eating disorder you need to talk about it. I know it can be hard to do this. Most of us are afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing. But it’s important to know that almost anything is better than not talking about it. When we don’t talk about eating disorders we leave our child …

eating disorder drinking problem

When your child has an eating disorder and a drinking problem

Many parents find themselves at the crossroads of an eating disorder and a drinking problem. The disorders are linked and often seen together. So how can a parent help? Understand why your child has an eating disorder and a drinking problem Learn the steps to recovery Support your child’s recovery Many people who have eating disorders also have a problem …

5 ways to help a perfectionist who has an eating disorder

5 ways to help a perfectionist who has an eating disorder

What can you do if you love a perfectionist who has an eating disorder? Luckily, there’s a lot you can do! First, let’s take a look at some facts: Perfectionism is both a risk factor for and commonly co-occurs with eating disorders. Many people who have an eating disorder also have perfectionism. And perfectionism is damaging to almost every aspect …

Social media filters are ruining kids' body image

Social media filters are ruining kids’ body image

Social media filters are impacting our kids’ body image, and luckily there’s something parents can do to help. We’ve got to have “the talk” with our kids about social media, and we’ve got to do it soon.   We’ve entered a deeply fraught period in which our kids are seeking body modification – surgical, fitness, and food – in pursuit …

9 ways to accidentally sabotage your kids' relationship with food

9 ways to accidentally sabotage your kids’ relationship with food

And 1 way to raise a child who is free from food issues If you want to raise a child who is free from food issues, then it’s time to stop sabotaging their relationship with food. Eating disorders are on the rise, and disordered eating is so common that it’s considered normal.  But true health is found when a person …

Parents can prevent eating disorders

Some things parents can do to prevent eating disorders

By Amelia Sherry, MPH, RD, CDN, CDCES Parents can prevent eating disorders, but it’s something most of us need to learn. Thanks to culture and upbringing, we all come to the table with a certain set of biases. Our beliefs about food and eating are often subconscious. For example, most people believe that a slim body is a healthy one. …

How to avoid power struggles over food

How to avoid power struggles over food

Many parents wonder how they can avoid power struggles over food. Feeding and eating have become very tense in our culture. Food is often restricted, moralized, and made “super,” making it very hard for parents to know what they should do. The good news is that feeding doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does need to be important. What …

Diet for spiritual growth can be orthorexia in disguise

Diet for spiritual growth can be orthorexia in disguise

On social media and in places of worship and yoga studios, a diet may be prescribed for spiritual growth, but it’s often orthorexia in disguise. Spiritual leaders, teachers, bloggers, and influencers may say things like “a pure diet is a sign of spiritual goodness and enlightenment.” This sort of positioning of spirituality can be harmful since it links how and …

Help your teen with an eating disorder get enough sleep

Help your teen with an eating disorder get enough sleep

If you have a teen who has an eating disorder, then you probably know that getting enough sleep is a key component of their care. But it can be hard to get any teenager to get enough sleep.  And when you add on the disruption created by an eating disorder, it can feel like just one more thing on your …

Parenting a teenager with an eating disorder

Parenting a teenager with an eating disorder

Parenting a teenager who has an eating disorder is not easy. Eating disorders are complex illnesses that must be treated comprehensively. Since most eating disorders begin during adolescence, parents are on the front lines of treatment and care. But few feel prepared to handle it. When an eating disorder shows up in your teenager, it’s important to know that it …

Food Myths That Get in the Way of Healthy Eating

Food myths that get in the way of healthy eating

by Lauren Dorman, RD CDE Our society is overflowing with food myths that interfere with healthy eating. Half-truths and outright misinformation about nutrition and health are everywhere. Too many of us believe in myths—faulty, inaccurate, and downright untrue things about the food we eat.   When working with families, I want them to understand that I am not going to “fix” …

Getting sad in recovery for an eating disorder

Feeling sad in recovery from an eating disorder

If your child in in recovery for an eating disorder, it’s very possible that they feel sad. And maybe this is making you sad, too. Most parents feel overwhelmed handling the eating disorder behavior, and don’t know what to do when sadness shows up. As parents, we want to protect our children from uncomfortable feelings, especially sadness and despair. Most …

Family meals can help prevent eating disorders

Family meals can help prevent eating disorders

There is evidence that family meals can help prevent eating disorders and disordered eating behavior. This is important because there are a lot of forces increasing the risk of eating disorders right now. And if there’s something parents can do to reduce the risk, it’s a huge opportunity. The science of eating together A study examined the association between family …