a mother breastfeeding a child to demonstrate art therapy and eating disorders

Decoding the language of eating disorders through art and metaphor

When our children develop eating disorders, we must understand that they are struggling with issues much deeper than food and their bodies. And yet the way they eat (or don’t eat) may be a critical clue to help us understand how we can help. The very first way in which we care for our children is through feeding. When our …

Writing with your child in recovery for an eating disorder can lead to meaningful conversations and healing, by True U’s Annie Shiel and Merideth VanSant

At True U, we offer a combination of yoga, meditation and “True Talks” for adolescent girls with the goal of encouraging them to explore their feelings and connect with their true selves. Through our partnership with More Love, we’ve adapted our True Talks for parents to use one-on-one with their children where appropriate. True Talks are both a powerful internal …

Getting a dog for your child who is in recovery from an eating disorder

Getting a dog for your child who has an eating disorder

Have you ever heard about someone getting an emotional support dog? Getting a dog for your child who has an eating disorder can be a great way to help them heal. Dogs provide unconditional love and affection. This can help your child during the healing process. Eating disorder treatment includes professional care. Your child’s treatment team will support the development …

Your daughter in recovery for an eating disorder is probably terrified about gaining weight. Visit a museum to remind her that beauty comes in all sizes

If you have a daughter who is in recovery from an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, it is likely that her weight will fluctuate, and possibly increase, during recovery. This is a natural reaction to the fact that she has been using her body as a coping mechanism rather than honoring its natural hunger cues. The weight gain process …

Journaling to recovery – helping your child heal from an eating disorder by developing a journaling practice

Eating disorders are often described as a coping mechanism for handling difficult emotions. While your child heals from his or her eating disorder, professionals will support the development of healthy emotional coping skills. One key skill is the ability to reflect on a situation and recognize that thoughts can be processed without harming the thinker. This separation between thoughts and …