How to help someone you love who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder

It can be incredibly difficult to watch a loved one who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. Mental health conditions make it hard for your loved one to experience life. No matter how much you love the person, your love alone will not help them recover. The person you … Continue reading How to help someone you love who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder

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Stop hating fat people, being afraid of getting fat, talking about people being “too fat” and all forms of fatphobia

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

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. … Continue reading Eating disorders are more than anorexia: eating disorder statistics that every parent should know

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

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. … Continue reading The fear parade: a simple mindfulness trick to help kids manage anxiety and stress

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, and what do I do about it? For parents who have children who have eating disorders

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. Some common maladaptive coping behaviors include: Eating disorders Shoplifting/Kleptomania Overspending/Shopping addiction Promiscuous sex/Sex addiction Substance abuse/Alcohol abuse Self-harm Compulsive … Continue reading What is a maladaptive coping behavior, and what do I do about it? For parents who have children who have eating disorders

We would like to live in a world in which kids never, ever diet. Will you join us?

Dieting is so deeply ingrained in our culture that we have failed to notice three vital facts: 1) diets have been proven ineffective at sustained weight loss; 2) diets typically lead to weight gain; 3) diets often lead to disordered eating. The reason diets are so ingrained in our culture is that the diet industry, which … Continue reading We would like to live in a world in which kids never, ever diet. Will you join us?

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

Eating disorders don't have to be evil. Sometimes we can see them as lifesavers. Once we learn to swim, we can let them go.

Rethinking eating disorders as misguided life savers trying to help us, not beasts trying to attack us

It's completely normal for a parent to view an eating disorder in their child as a terrible beast that must be overcome. We gather our weapons and seek to control the eating disorder and drive it from our child's body. "Just fix it!" we tell the professionals who are trying to help our child. "Just … Continue reading Rethinking eating disorders as misguided life savers trying to help us, not beasts trying to attack us