Building body confidence with self-love cards from Anastasia Amour

Eating disorders are complex, and we never underestimate the fact that they require treatment on multiple levels, ideally involving different professionals with specific training in treating eating disorders. But as a parent, you can still support your child through eating disorder recovery. Even as you rely on the professionals, you can also find small ways to connect with your child …

Does your teenager have trouble with overeating and binge eating? Some ideas from Andrea Wachter, LMFT

We interviewed Andrea Wachter, LMFT, author of Getting Over Overeating for Teens. The book is written for teens that struggle with overeating, binge eating and body image. Although teenagers are the primary market, the book is also valuable for parents who want to support their teenagers with eating issues. Andrea approaches healthy eating from the perspective of having a “Stable …

stop fat shaming when you are with your child

Speak up about fat shaming when you’re with your kids

Eating disorders are complex illnesses, layered with elements of genetics, society, emotional resilience, environment, and more. We can’t prevent all of the layers, but as parents, we have a powerful opportunity to address as many as we possibly can. Almost all children who develop eating disorders report a sense of needing to be thinner. Their disorder tells them that weight …

What parents should know about OCD, which frequently co-occurs with eating disorders

If you have a child with an eating disorder like bulimia, binge eating disorder or anorexia, then you may need to untangle multiple mental illnesses to help her heal. Eating disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses, including depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Here is some information about OCD to consider as you observe your child and consider treatment …

Understanding and working with your child’s brain when battling an eating disorder – thoughts from the book The Whole-Brain Child

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, by Daniel J. Siegel M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is a book by a neuropsychiatrist and parenting expert offering advice for integrating a child’s brain to transform the natural struggles of raising a child into opportunities for growth and expansion. Learning how the brain is wired can be …

Four reasons why eating disorders are so hard to treat in adolescents

Treating anyone with an eating disorder is complex, but when an eating disorder strikes your teenager, it can be even more challenging based on the following factors: 1. There are numerous psychiatric and medical comorbidities in someone with an eating disorder. Since many of these conditions may not have been previously identified in a teen, diagnosis and treatment is more …

Let’s try something different this Thanksgiving! No diet or binge talk – let’s focus on gratitude instead

Hey! Here’s an idea! How about instead of talking about dieting and bingeing during this thankful holiday, we focus on gratitude! No talk about getting stuffed or having to starve yourself for a week after Thanksgiving. No talk about “saving up” for the Thanksgiving feast and then devouring everything in sight to the point of groaning discomfort. No swapping diet techniques in …