eating disorder friendly Thanksgiving

Family scripts for an eating disorder friendly Thanksgiving

Are you heading into Thanksgiving with a child or loved one who has an eating disorder? It’s important to make an effort to plan an eating disorder friendly Thanksgiving. Food-based holidays can be especially challenging for people in eating disorder recovery. It can really help to plan ahead for success. When you have an eating disorder, it’s helpful to avoid …

Getting a dog for your child who is in recovery from an eating disorder

Getting a dog for your child who has an eating disorder

Have you ever heard about someone getting an emotional support dog? Getting a dog for your child who has an eating disorder can be a great way to help them heal. Dogs provide unconditional love and affection. This can help your child during the healing process. Eating disorder treatment includes professional care. Your child’s treatment team will support the development …

Real stories from parents who have kids who have ARFID

Real stories from parents who have kids who have ARFID

Parents who have kids with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) face challenges not just in feeding their kids and keeping them healthy, but also in accessing treatment. ARFID is an eating disorder. Its symptoms include strong food aversions and food avoidance. These symptoms exist without the desire to lose weight or change the body size or shape. ARFID is characterized …

Why do I need therapy if my child is the one with a problem?

Why do I need therapy if my child is the one with a problem?

If your child has a problem like an eating disorder, substance abuse, or other dangerous behavioral or emotional issues, a lot of people will suggest that you, the parent, get therapy. This can be really annoying. After all, aren’t they the one with the problem? Your only problem is that your kid is a nightmare! Otherwise, everything’s fine! Sound familiar? …

What to do about your child's anxiety about food and eating

What to do about your child’s anxiety about food and eating

Having anxiety about food and eating shows up in many eating disorders, especially anorexia and orthorexia. If your child has an eating disorder, it’s very likely they are struggling with a lot of anxiety around food and eating. It’s really frustrating to watch a child refuse to eat and have complete meltdowns over meals. This is advanced parenting, but you …

Ask Ginny: My son is overeating and sneaking food

Ask Ginny: My son is overeating and sneaking food

Dear Ginny, My son has a problem with overeating. Once he starts eating, he can’t stop, and sometimes he eats so much that he actually throws up. I recently found out that he has been hiding food from me and sneak-eating behind my back. He’s always been on the larger side, and now he’s gaining A LOT of weight. He’s …

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 …

ww app kurbo

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 …