Why Tom Brady’s diet book is dangerous for boys and young men

Tom Brady, famous and talented quarterback for the New England Patriots and winner of five Super Bowls, is an undeniably gifted athlete. Unfortunately, like many gifted people, he is choosing to spread unfounded and dangerous diet claims that can harm our children. Brady released a book called “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance” that …

Social Justice, Fatphobia, and Eating Disorders, by Meghan Cichy, RDN

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 blood pressure, unhealthy weight control …

Educators: please stop promoting dieting and weight loss to children

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, but children as young as …

how to improve teen body image

How to improve teen body image

Do you want to improve teen body image? It’s possible, and every parent can make an impact on their teen’s body image. First, you need to understand that having bad body image is completely understandable given our society. But parents can help! Here are six things you can do to improve teen body image: Understand diet culture. This will help …

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.

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 is triggered (and it may …

Preventing childhood eating disorders – a societal approach, by Dr. Linda Bacon

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 can’t control the narrative of …