10 cognitive (thinking) distortions that support eating disorder behaviors

It's easy to get caught up in the behaviors of eating disorders. We can obsess over a child's eating patterns, exercise, and body weight. But the real thing we need to be looking at is their thought patterns because their thoughts underlie the behaviors. People who have eating disorders often exhibit 10 common cognitive (thinking) … Continue reading 10 cognitive (thinking) distortions that support eating disorder behaviors

Getting to yes when you’re fighting with your child who has an eating disorder

Living with a child can sometimes feel like living with a terrorist. And we all know that you shouldn't negotiate with terrorists, right? And when your child has an eating disorder, the negotiations seem bizarre and infuriating. So what's a parent to do? Most of us can see when we're hitting a wall with our … Continue reading Getting to yes when you’re fighting with your child who has an eating disorder

How to feed your child without fear of “bad” food and weight gain

We live in a dangerous time during which parents believe they are responsible for controlling or maintaining their children's weight. Parents believe that if they don't control their children's food intake, their child will become fat, which is considered by many to be a fate worse than death. According to Ellyn Satter, a well-known expert … Continue reading How to feed your child without fear of “bad” food and weight gain

New Study: 1 in 4 teenage girls engage in self-harming behavior, which frequently co-occurs with eating disorders

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that nearly 1 in 4 teenage girls ages 14-18 in the United States engages in non-suicidal self-harming behavior. Self-harm or self-injury is the act of hurting oneself on purpose. The most common methods are cutting and burning. Self-harm is a behavior pattern that indicates … Continue reading New Study: 1 in 4 teenage girls engage in self-harming behavior, which frequently co-occurs with eating disorders

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A powerful weapon to fight eating disorders: diet science

Eating disorders are known to be complex, and many parents find that a child who has an eating disorder seems completely stuck in their misunderstanding of food and body size. There are two crucial elements to healing from an eating disorder: The first is emotional: a person must learn to process feelings and emotions in … Continue reading A powerful weapon to fight eating disorders: diet science

Parents should use caution and conduct extensive research before agreeing to antidepressant medication for kids

The case against antidepressants for eating disorders and depression

This article is not medical advice. It's advice for parents who have children and teens who may be prescribed antidepressants during eating disorder treatment. We are not anti-medication (antidepressants were helpful in my own recovery), but we do believe parents should have access to both sides of the discussion on antidepressants. The purspose of this … Continue reading The case against antidepressants for eating disorders and depression

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Stop the screaming! How to have difficult conversations with your child who has an eating disorder without yelling or stonewalling

When a child has an eating disorder, parents focus on healing her*. But an unfortunate side effect is that parents then feel they are constantly walking on eggshells. They become afraid of triggering eating disorder behaviors and being blamed for the eating disorder. This results in an unfortunate doom loop in which parents alternate between … Continue reading Stop the screaming! How to have difficult conversations with your child who has an eating disorder without yelling or stonewalling

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Stop hating fat people, being afraid of getting fat, talking about people being “too fat” and all forms of fatphobia

We must look carefully at our society's deep hatred of fat on a personal, societal and political level. We must question ourselves as a society when we openly and loudly criticize 70% of our population. In a society in which it is socially acceptable to ridicule and complain about people who live in larger bodies, how … Continue reading Stop hating fat people, being afraid of getting fat, talking about people being “too fat” and all forms of fatphobia