There is a strong link between being depressed, having an eating disorder, and being female in a western industrialized country. Here are some facts about these conditions: 1. Females are twice as likely as males to be depressed, and the vast majority of eating disorder patients are female. 2. The depression sex difference emerges at … Continue reading The link between depression, eating disorders, and being female in western industrialized cultures
Dismantling fatphobia and weight stigma, as well as other systems of body oppression at a systemic and institutional level, will be necessary if we are to put an end to eating disorders. The discrimination facing larger bodies is serious: weight stigma has been shown to impact mental and physical health by increasing risk for elevated … Continue reading Social Justice, Fatphobia, and Eating Disorders, by Meghan Cichy, RDN
Well-meaning educators can cause real harm by promoting dieting and weight loss at school. This includes making statements and putting up posters saying things like "eat less & move more," and "eat healthy foods." Such statements are problematic from a scientific, nutrition, health, eating disorder, and social justice standpoint. You may think you're being helpful, … Continue reading Educators: please stop promoting dieting and weight loss to children
Do you have a child who is living in a larger body? Are you worried about your "fat" kid? You should be, but not because of their adipose tissue. The reason you should be worried about your child who lives in a larger body is that fat stigma begins early and can have a significant … Continue reading Weight stigma and your child: what you need to know to help your child who is living in a larger body
It is not unusual, when talking about the warning signs of teenage eating disorders, for someone to pipe up and say "that's normal teenage behavior." This comment makes me want to cry. Sure, they may be "normal" if we define normal as common, but when we're talking about body behavior, we must define "normal" as … Continue reading Body hate and obsession with appearance are not “normal” teenage behaviors
We must look carefully at our society's deep hatred of fat on a personal, societal and political level. We must question ourselves as a society when we openly and loudly criticize 70% of our population. In a society in which it is socially acceptable to ridicule and complain about people who live in larger bodies, how … Continue reading Stop hating fat people, being afraid of getting fat, talking about people being “too fat” and all forms of fatphobia
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
Cancer research struggled when it only focused on genetic OR environmental factors. It was reinvigorated with the discovery of epigenetics. This is the understanding that complex external factors can trigger specific gene activation. "Epi" means "on top of." We may be born with a gene that can cause cancer, but epigenetic research has revealed that it is only when that gene … Continue reading An eating disorder is not your kid’s fault, and it’s not your fault. More people are getting eating disorders than ever. This is bigger than you, your child, and your family.
There are several ways we can help kids avoid eating disorders. 1. Address Body Dissatisfaction: A large part of the reason young people become dissatisfied with their bodies is because they believe they aren’t measuring up - they are not performing their lives the way the culture is telling them is adequate. They believe they … Continue reading Preventing childhood eating disorders – a societal approach, by Dr. Linda Bacon
We have the highest respect for Linda Bacon, PhD, who is a leader and an inspiration in the body diversity and acceptance movement. In this interview, she addressed a question parents can't avoid in today's society: am I doing my child a disservice if I don't worry about his or her weight? Question from More-Love.org Everywhere we … Continue reading Worried about the kids? Fear of obesity is much more health-damaging than high weight itself. An interview with Dr. Linda Bacon.