How to raise a body-positive kid

Raising a body-positive kid is a great idea for so many reasons, including lower risk of eating disorders and disordered eating. But perhaps the most important reason for raising a body-positive kid is that it means your child doesn’t hate their body. What could possibly be wrong with that? Here are the five tips for raising a body-positive kid: 1. …

When we focus on anorexia as the only eating disorder we fail to recognize that they impact people of all sizes, races and genders

Eating disorders are more than anorexia: eating disorder statistics that every parent should know

When you picture someone who has an eating disorder, you probably think of someone who is dangerously underweight. But, in fact, the majority of eating disorders occur in people of “normal” or “overweight” body sizes. The classic portrayal of a drastically underweight white female who has anorexia represents a very small fraction of eating disorders. Why does this matter? Well, …

Instagram and body image in girls

10 facts about Instagram and body image in girls

It’s fun to scroll through Instagram, but it can have a negative impact on body image in girls. 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. Curated feeds and sexy poses The greatest danger for young women on …

The fear parade: a simple mindfulness trick to help kids manage anxiety and stress

Anxiety is a common co-occurring condition with eating disorders, and both anxiety and eating disorders are on the rise for our kids. It’s important that we learn some tools to help them manage their anxiety so that they can avoid triggering eating disorder behavior. The reasons our kids are more anxious are real and pervasive. Our kids today are facing …

maladaptive coping mechanisms are used to keep dangerous feelings from damaging our sense of self. They become destructive when overused such as in eating disorders and addiction

What is a maladaptive coping behavior?

A maladaptive coping behavior is anything that we utilize to soothe uncomfortable emotional states. We also have adaptive coping behaviors that serve the same purpose, but the maladaptive behaviors are overwhelmingly compelling for some of us. Common maladaptive coping behaviors include: Eating disorders Shoplifting/Kleptomania Overspending/Shopping addiction Promiscuous sex/Sex addiction Substance abuse/Alcohol abuse Self-harm Compulsive lying It is very common for …

Eating Disorders: a guide for parents who have a child with an eating disorder

If you have a child who has an eating disorder, your world has likely been turned upside down by the diagnosis. We have created this video to help you figure out how to move forward. 1. Get informed Eating disorders are complex, and they are misunderstood. Eating disorders are very serious, but full recovery is entirely possible, and you can help! Find out …