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 … Continue reading For goodness sake, just eat the damn candy, and let your kids do the same!
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
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 … Continue reading Ask Ginny: Her dad gives her brother seconds, but not her
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 … Continue reading Helping your child become a “normal eater” after an eating disorder
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 … Continue reading No, you may not follow a “clean eating” plan – why parents need to prohibit the clean eating trend at home to prevent 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. … Continue reading 5 phrases to never say at the dinner table to avoid 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 … Continue reading 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?
It’s really common to hear parents openly discussing their kids’ “addiction” to sugar. As a registered dietitian, how do you respond to the idea that sugar is addictive? Marci: I’ve been carefully watching the science of food addiction for the past six years. Frankly, my interest stems from an instinctual sense of dis-ease about the … Continue reading But, seriously, my kid is addicted to sugar. A discussion about sugar addiction with dietitian Marci Evans
It is not unusual in our society to talk about food as if it has inherent "good" and "bad" qualities. For example, potato chips are considered "bad," and kale is considered "good." The natural extension of foods being labeled "good" and "bad" is that we then label the people who eat certain foods as "good" … Continue reading Food is not a moral issue
Preventing childhood eating disorders is a culture-wide effort, not limited to parents alone. Even if we follow evidence-based eating guidelines in our own homes, our children are still exposed to diet culture and fatphobia when at school, on sports teams, places of worship and at friends' homes. That's why it's so important that as a … Continue reading Preventing eating disorders at school – a printable for parents to share with teachers