Does my child exercise too much?

With all the promotion of exercise, many parents don’t realize that it’s possible for kids to exercise too much. In fact, over-exercising or compulsive exercising may be a symptom of something more serious going on. If you have a child who seems to exercise too much, it’s important to step in and help them find balance with movement and their …

Student-athletes at risk of mental distress, disordered eating, and eating disorders

Despite the fact that participating in athletics can and should be protective, for many student-athletes, it is harmful. Many student-athletes struggle with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders at some point during their athletic careers. This is most likely due to a combination of the stress of participating in sports in today’s hyper-competitive environment and the fact that coaches and parents …

Trash your child’s Fitbit to find peace and healing from disordered eating

Fitbit seems like a fun way to track fitness and health. Users can set up their own profile, including their body weight, and set personal weight and fitness goals. The psychological rewards are high when the Fitbit and its accompanying phone app celebrates the user’s goals. Every time a person meets a goal, the Fitbit band buzzes and lights up. …

Jennifer Kreatsoulas writes about how yoga practice can integrate with recovery from an eating disorder and eating disorder treatment

Why yoga is an excellent practice while in eating disorder recovery, and what parents should know, by Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, CYT

As an athlete in early recovery from an eating disorder, I first started practicing yoga as a physical activity that wouldn’t tempt me to overexercise or become obsessed with burning calories. Initially, my yoga practice was purely physical. I focused on learning the asanas or poses. I remember the thrill of observing how, with consistent practice, I could twist and …

Yoga poses for eating disorder recovery: crocodile pose to reduce anxiety

Yoga has been shown to be an excellent auxiliary treatment for eating disorder recovery. Many of us with eating disorders disconnect our minds from our bodies – we learn to ignore our body’s natural communication, needs, and desires. Yoga can be a great way to gradually reconnect the mind-body signals. As a parent, having a few simple yoga moves to do with …