How to talk to your teenager about Photoshop, the media, and how it impacts body image

Many people who have eating disorders have a distorted view of themselves, along with a negative body image. There is a condition called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), which is common among those suffering from eating disorders. According to the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, the most common age at which BDD begins is 13, and it occurs in both boys and girls. BDD is …

#badasstigerstripes – talking to your teen about stretch marks

Teenage girls experience rapid growth spurts in new areas of their bodies during puberty. This rapid growth often leads to stretch marks. We still remember being surprised when our skin erupted in red lines and being terrified that they would never go away. It’s around this time of puberty that many girls become self-conscious about their bodies and begin to feel …

Try This: Aikido as a hobby, exercise, practice and lifestyle

When your child is recovering from an eating disorder, it may be helpful to introduce new hobbies, exercises and life practices. The goal of this is to take her focus away from her body image, food and her disorder and funnel that passion into something healthy and healing. Many people recovering from an eating disorder turn to practices like art, yoga and meditation, …