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 …

Are you food shaming your child

Are you food shaming your child? You’ve got to stop!

Food shaming a child is harmful to their ongoing health. Most parents who food-shame do so with the stated goal of improving their child’s health. These parents wish to save their children from a lifetime of weight gain and weight shaming. They think that shaming a child about food will help them be stronger, healthier, and happier in the long …

3 Ways Clinical Hypnotherapy Can Help in Eating Disorder Recovery

Clinical hypnotherapy for eating disorder recovery

by Bonnie Killip, Master Clinical & Medical Hypnotherapist  Have you ever wondered if hypnotherapy can help with eating disorder recovery? If traditional eating disorder recovery is not progressing, it may be worthwhile considering hypnotherapy as a treatment option. As a Dietitian and clinical and medical hypnotherapist, often my consults start with addressing people’s questions, concerns, and often skepticism around what …

Science is full of weight and racial bias

Analyzing science-based health advice for weight and racial bias

There is significant weight and racial bias in science. This bias means that parents need to be careful consumers of scientific media and health recommendations. Otherwise, we perpetuate weight and racial biases in our homes and pass them along to our children. Most scientists are not intentionally fatphobic or racist. But science is dominated by white people. Only 13% of …

Racism and eating disorder diagnosis and treatment

Racism is a problem in the eating disorder community. The media, doctors, and therapists assume that eating disorders look like a thin white teen. Treatment centers, researchers, books, and articles about eating disorders are predominantly white-oriented. Black people get eating disorders at least as often as white people. But parents, doctors, therapists, and even eating disorder professionals often miss the …

Parents: get off the diet cycle and raise healthier kids

An interview with Judith Matz, LCSW Parents really, really want to raise healthy kids. Unfortunately, we’re told that the biggest obstacle facing our kids’ health is their body weight. But this approach is harming, not helping our kids grow up healthy. Parents who are worried about their kids’ weight are more likely to have kids who diet, and the No. …