Teaching your child media literacy in the age of false claims and fake news on Instagram

Instagram is one of the fastest-growing social media platforms among teenagers and young adults. Many people spend at least an hour each day scrolling through their Instagram feed. This is a challenge for parents, since Instagram is full of false claims and fake news about health and wellness. It is a veritable hotbed of diet … Continue reading Teaching your child media literacy in the age of false claims and fake news on Instagram

Nobody makes billions of dollars if we believe we’re fine just as we are

Eating disorders thrive in appearance-driven cultures. The U.S. is filled with powerful advertising executives who spend billions of dollars every year convincing us that we are not good enough as we are and that happiness and fulfillment can only be ours if we meet their stringent body and beauty requirements, which will we can do … Continue reading Nobody makes billions of dollars if we believe we’re fine just as we are

Instagram has been ranked worst for body image and eating disorders. Find out why it is such a negative environment for eating disorders

10 facts you absolutely need to know about Instagram and body image in young women

Instagram is a great app, and it's grown rapidly due to its image-heavy platform. Instagram is not inherently bad, but research suggests that people who use Instagram - particularly young women - need to be cautious about managing what they see on their feeds. The greatest danger for young women on Instagram is images of … Continue reading 10 facts you absolutely need to know about Instagram and body image in young women

Our kids’ phones provide How To manuals, support and inspiration for Eating Disorders

It is true that when someone is in self-driven recovery from an Eating Disorder like Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and OSFED, we understand that they do not "choose" to have the disorder - they are compulsive and obsessive about it, and it is not a choice. However, for many of our kids, they may … Continue reading Our kids’ phones provide How To manuals, support and inspiration for Eating Disorders

Instagram hashtags to avoid when your child has anorexia

Hashtags are fun ways to navigate social media channels, especially Instagram. When we search something using a hashtag, we get to see hundreds, sometimes thousands of posts regarding that topic. It can be really fun to navigate these hashtags and find out what other people are posting. It's like having a custom-made magazine just about … Continue reading Instagram hashtags to avoid when your child has anorexia

news headlines focusing on dieting, exercise and losing weight all carry misinformation that is dangerous for people who have eating disorders

The “news” headlines that make us sick with eating disorders

These headlines are from news sources that promise to tell us the latest and greatest, research-based information about our health. For those of us who have/had eating disorders, these types of headlines are more than just clickbait - they tap into the obsessive side of ourselves that desperately wants to follow rules and be OK. … Continue reading The “news” headlines that make us sick with eating disorders

Let’s talk to our kids about the dangers of advertising and how unrealistic images can impact our self esteem

Our children (and we) are bombarded with unrealistic and dangerous advertisements everywhere we go. We can't protect our children from these images and messages, but we can speak up and let them know how dangerous these images and concepts are to us as women, daughters, sons, fathers, and human beings. Unrealistic advertising hurts our kids, … Continue reading Let’s talk to our kids about the dangers of advertising and how unrealistic images can impact our self esteem

The perfect social media pose, and how to talk to your teenager about false perfection on social media – by @brittanybaxter_x

On social media our teens are able to compare themselves to so-called "real" people, but those people are still working hard to take perfect photos, and altering the photos to present perfection to their followers. This goes way beyond what they see in traditional media, because social media feels *REAL*. It feels as if real people really look … Continue reading The perfect social media pose, and how to talk to your teenager about false perfection on social media – by @brittanybaxter_x

How to talk to your teenager about Photoshop, the media, and how it impacts body image

Eating disorders like binge eating disorder, anorexia, and binge eating disorder have many complex layers. There is no single reason for the development of an eating disorder. It has been observed that many people who have eating disorders have a distorted view of themselves, along with a negative body image. There is a condition called body … Continue reading How to talk to your teenager about Photoshop, the media, and how it impacts body image

What To Do Together: Watch this video about Photoshop and Beauty

If you have a daughter or a son with an eating disorder, they are likely struggling to understand the media presentation of the "ideal human" and match it up with their experience of themselves. Next time you're sitting around together on separate devices, take a moment to connect with her, and watch this video together. This is … Continue reading What To Do Together: Watch this video about Photoshop and Beauty