How parents can build healthy food habits & body image in kids

Parents in our culture all worry about one thing consistently: their kids’ food and body. As surprising as it may seem, this worry, which is dramatically increasing every year, is largely unnecessary and often results in poor health – the exact opposite of what we actually want!

Can a person fully recover from an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are poorly understood, and there are many different perspectives on why they occur and exactly what is involved in their development and recovery. The quick answer, is YES. A person can fully recover from an eating disorder. There are many theories pointing towards a combination of genetics, temperament, family, and social predictors. As of right now, all we …

How to raise a body-positive kid

Raising a body-positive kid is a great idea for so many reasons, including lower risk of eating disorders and disordered eating. But perhaps the most important reason for raising a body-positive kid is that it means your child doesn’t hate their body. What could possibly be wrong with that? Here are the five tips for raising a body-positive kid: 1. …

A letter to the doctor who told me to “watch” my daughter’s weight

We came in for a check-up for my 12-year-old daughter last week. Over the past 12 years, you have spent significant time during our appointments discussing my daughter’s weight trajectory. I can remember you telling me several times that her height was at a higher percentage than her weight, which you said was “good.” But this time, her weight had …

When parent and child both have an eating disorder

We often hear about parents who have a child who is diagnosed with an eating disorder and, once they understand the symptoms, realize that they fall within the eating disorder spectrum, too. There are two ways this can go. The first is that you already knew you have an eating disorder, and have either tried to treat it in the …

care package ideas for eating disorder recovery

Best care package ideas for a person who has an eating disorder

Do you know someone who is being treated for an eating disorder? Do you want to show them that you care? A care package is a great way to connect with someone who has an eating disorder. It’s a wonderful reminder that people who love them are rooting for their recovery. Why send a care package to someone who has …

Stop supporting intentional weight loss! Here’s the science to support a non-diet, weight-neutral approach

So much of what parents think they know for sure about food, diet, and weight is just plain wrong. It’s not our fault – it’s just that journalists, healthcare providers, educators, bloggers, and influencers all promote weight control and intentional weight loss (AKA dieting) as if it is good, healthy, and necessary. Despite all the noise about controlling and reducing …