love someone who has eating disorder

How to love someone who has an eating disorder

When our child has an eating disorder, we need to learn new parenting skills so that we can give them the love that will help them recover. A parent’s unconditional and informed love can make all the difference in recovery. Here’s how to love your child when they have an eating disorder. 1. Learn as much as you can about …

7 steps to find a great therapist for your child who has a mental health condition

If your child is facing a mental health condition like an eating disorder, suicidality, self-harm, substance abuse, anxiety or depression, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. And while your child’s pediatrician may help you get an initial diagnosis and point you in the direction of therapists and/or treatment programs, it’s still up to you, the parent, to make the right choice …

Get answers to your questions about eating disorder treatment

We held a Q&A webinar with eating disorder therapist John Levitt, Ph.D. on May 5, 2019. Here are some important questions he answered for us. 1. Do you have any advice about FBT for eating disorders? Answer recap: FBT (family therapy) is one of the evidence-based therapies available for eating disorders. It’s effective for a certain group of patients. Its …

Student-athletes at risk of mental distress, disordered eating, and eating disorders

Despite the fact that participating in athletics can and should be protective, for many student-athletes, it is harmful. Many student-athletes struggle with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders at some point during their athletic careers. This is most likely due to a combination of the stress of participating in sports in today’s hyper-competitive environment and the fact that coaches and parents …

A recipe for soothing your child with love instead of food

When your child is upset, sad, anxious, depressed, or any other negative feeling, it’s perfectly natural to think about food as a way to make them feel better. Who hasn’t thought about offering ice cream, a favorite meal, or a visit to Starbucks as a cure for the blues? Most of us have used food as a form of soothing …

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!