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!

For goodness sake, just eat the damn candy, and let your kids do the same!

Candy is everywhere. Every store, every desk, every place we go seems to be offering up tiny bites of forbidden sweetness. If you’re like most people, you studiously forbid yourself from succumbing to the temptation of candy … most of the time. But there are probably days when you just can’t resist, and then you binge, feel horribly guilty, and …

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 on feeding, the crisis we …

Ask Ginny: Her dad gives her brother seconds, but not her

Dear Ginny,  My daughter has gained weight with puberty, and her dad is constantly bugging her about it. We divorced over a decade ago, which makes it hard for me to help her since I’m not there for most of the conversations. She has told me that he frequently brings up her body size, and tells her she needs to …

Helping your child become a “normal eater” after an eating disorder

One of the biggest problems with eating disorders is that they rob us of our intuitive and natural relationship with food. Parents who are helping a child recover from an eating disorder can be incredibly helpful as we gradually go from disordered eating to having a normal relationship with food. In this article we identify the steps your child may …

No, you may not follow a “clean eating” plan – why parents need to prohibit the clean eating trend at home to prevent eating disorders

So-called clean eating* is very trendy right now, inspiring people of all ages to pursue a “clean” diet. The clean eating movement includes avoiding processed foods and eating raw, unrefined produce. This often becomes a raw vegan diet, and it is raising red flags everywhere for eating disorder specialists who are reporting an alarming trend in eating disorders that started …

5 phrases to never say at the dinner table to avoid eating disorders

The family dinner table can be a place of safety and love, a place at which everyone is nourished physically and emotionally. Surely this is our goal as parents when we gather our family at the table. And yet, even the kindest families sometimes trample through diet culture every time they sit down to eat. It’s no surprise since we …

Foodphobia: why are there so many people restricting entire food groups in the name of health, and what does it have to do with eating disorders?

As the food industry has continued to deliver tastier, cheaper, and more easily available food, the $70 billion diet industry has simultaneously arisen to convince us that eating is something about which we should feel deeply ashamed. Diet trends have come and gone, but never have there been so many Foodphobic, elimination-based diets as there are now. These diet programs, …