Should I lock the pantry?

Ask Ginny: My daughter binge eats. Should I lock the pantry?

Dear Ginny, I just put a lock on the pantry because my daughter binge eats. I know that binge eating is so unhealthy for her, and it seems to be getting worse. She just eats and eats. If I buy a package of cookies, it’s gone by the next day. Same with almost anything sweet, crunchy, or carby. She mainly …

Body image and shelter in place: help for parents

Body image is suffering with shelter in place regulations. Our kids are isolated and lonely. And there’s nothing like a lack of control to make you feel bad about your body. Our society is based on body hate and weight stigma. We experience fat shaming and fatphobia everywhere we go: in schools, on social media, at home, with friends, with …

Helping a child recover from an eating disorder prepared me for parenting in a pandemic

by Oona Hanson Some of the most poignant essays about parenting during the coronavirus have come from families who have already experienced a quarantine or the sustained care of an immunocompromised loved one. I started thinking about how living through a child’s serious illness helped build my own family’s resilience and confidence as we prepare to weather this current storm.  …

How parents can help prevent eating disorders during coronavirus quarantine

We are all stuck inside, tensions are high, and fear is off the charts. Our kids already have the highest rates of anxiety and depression we have ever seen. And now it just got much, much worse. During this period, our kids are at higher risk of developing food and body issues, and even full-blown eating disorders.  Why? Because food …

Try this if your child is driving you crazy during coronavirus

Almost all parents say their children are driving them crazy during coronavirus and social distancing. We’re in closer contact with them, and anxieties are running high. It’s not easy parenting in these conditions. Spending more time with our kids during this massive quarantine event is hard. It’s even harder if our kids tend to experience higher levels of anxiety, depression, …

As coronavirus rises, so do eating disorders

As we face the coronavirus epidemic coupled with social distancing, we’re already hearing increases in eating disorders and other disordered behaviors. This makes perfect sense, since eating disorders are a coping mechanism, and if we have ever need to cope with something, this is it! Our teens are missing out on critical milestones, our college kids are back home and …

Parents are kids’ default body image educators

Whether we like it or not, parents are our kids’ default body image educators. This means that even if we never intentionally address body image with our kids, they’re still learning from us. It’s a little overwhelming to think about, but it’s also empowering. We can make a huge impact on how our kids feel about their bodies, and we …

Low self-worth and eating disorders: what parents need to know

by Beth Mayer, LICSW There is a high correlation between eating disorders and low self-worth. Because of this, when I’m working with clients who have eating disorders, I’m watching carefully for self-worth, self-compassion, and perfectionism. The more my clients build the first three and limit perfectionism, the greater their chance of entering recovery from their eating disorders.  What is self-worth? …

Intuitive Eating to prevent and treat eating disorders

It is possible to prevent and treat eating disorders. New research suggests that Intuitive Eating may help. A recent study found that teens who eat intuitively have better mental health outcomes and eating habits as adults. This is important, because most of our kids are not being raised with Intuitive Eating principles. As a culture, we largely embrace non-intuitive eating. …

Anorexia is just as serious at higher weights

Most people assume that low body weight is the greatest risk factor for anorexia. Almost everyone assumes that someone who has anorexia appears emaciated. It has always been believed that being underweight is the reason anorexia is so dangerous. However, research shows that low weight is not the greatest risk factor of anorexia. In fact, “atypical anorexia nervosa” is both …