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 …

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 they can prevent their kids from gaining weight by talking about weight and dieting. But weight is largely a function of genetic and environmental factors over which we have no control. And parents who teach their kids to fear weight gain create conditions ripe for eating disorders. [3] Living in a larger body is less deadly than …