5 Ways a Dietitian Can Help Parents Feed Their Kids

Adapted from an interview with Gina R. Mateer, RD Most of the time when a parent reaches out to a dietitian for help feeding their kids, it sounds simple. They say “I just want my kids to be healthy.” But feeding our kids has become surprisingly complicated since we live in a culture that is obsessed with being thin, restricting …

Does my child exercise too much?

With all the promotion of exercise, many parents don’t realize that it’s possible for kids to exercise too much. In fact, over-exercising or compulsive exercising may be a symptom of something more serious going on. If you have a child who seems to exercise too much, it’s important to step in and help them find balance with movement and their …

What to do when your loved one has an eating disorder

by Reba Tobia If your loved one has an eating disorder, you may have a lot of feelings that you don’t know how to handle. As someone who has been through eating disorder recovery, I’d like to offer you some insight.  Helping a loved one who has an eating disorder isn’t easy, but your love can make a world of …

How can I help my bulimic daughter?

How can I help my bulimic daughter?

Parents can help their bulimic daughter recover from her eating disorder by following these steps: Accept your child’s diagnosis Understand that this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed thoroughly Recognize that bulimia requires specialized treatment and recovery Respect your child’s process and body throughout recovery Get help for yourself so that you can manage the stress of …

Body image for girls free ebook

Body image for girls: free ebook

Teaching body image for girls is very difficult in a culture that is strongly oriented towards a thin ideal. Body hate is on the rise among all age groups. And since it’s always been a problem for girls and teens, it’s reached terrible proportions among our daughters. Here are some disturbing facts: Children as young as 5 years old express …

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Don’t sign your child up for WW app Kurbo

On August 13, WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers), announced its new app Kurbo for children ages 8-17. This is problematic on many levels. First, let’s take a look at why WW is desperate to offer something for kids. They say it’s to help kids be healthier. But it’s actually to help WW acquire more customers. WW launched a free …

What to do when a child overeats

It’s very common for parents to worry that their child overeats. The most important thing parents need to know is that there is really no such thing as “overeating.” Except in very rare medical conditions, children eat for good reasons. Most often, children eat to meet a need. When you worry your child overeats, ask yourself these three questions: Is …

talk to your child about disordered eating

Talk to your child about disordered eating

It’s time to talk to your child about disordered eating. This is because: Most eating disorders begin as disordered eating Disordered eating is so common that it’s considered normal The earlier you talk about disordered eating, the better your chances of protecting your child Parents have a huge influence on how kids feel about food and eating The number of …

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32 worst things to say to someone with an eating disorder

Most of us don’t know what to say to someone who has an eating disorder. Eating disorders aren’t understood, and most of us have never had a meaningful conversation about eating disorders. The result is that most people say the wrong thing to people who have eating disorders. It’s not because they are trying to be hurtful, but it hurts …

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How compassion can help your child in eating disorder recovery

Are you looking for ways to help your child recover from an eating disorder? If so, learning compassion is a great way to support eating disorder recovery. Compassion for your child or loved one, and compassion for yourself will go a long way to helping everyone during the recovery process. 1. Giving compassion to your child in eating disorder recovery …