Eating disorders can hide in plain sight when we limit diagnosis to weight and food behaviors

But she doesn’t look like she has an eating disorder! What people need to know about the emotional profile of eating disorders

The popular presentation of eating disorders is an emaciated white girl with haunted eyes, and while there are some people who have eating disorders who fit that profile, they are by far the minority. Only 14.5% of all eating disorders meet the clinical underweight criteria for Anorexia Nervosa, and even those who are clinically underweight … Continue reading But she doesn’t look like she has an eating disorder! What people need to know about the emotional profile of eating disorders

Weight gain is often a natural and healthy part of eating disorder recovery. Parents must accept their child's weight gain to support recovery

Why is my child gaining weight in eating disorder recovery?

While not everyone gains weight during recovery, many of us do gain weight as a natural and healthy part of eating disorder recovery. It is very important that parents wholeheartedly accept their child's recovered weight. To help you understand what may happen with your child's weight during and after eating disorder recovery, we must take … Continue reading Why is my child gaining weight in eating disorder recovery?

beautiful woman living in a larger body

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

How to shop for clothes when your daughter wears plus size

When your child has a body that does not fit the "straight-size" standards, it can be very challenging to find age-appropriate clothing that fits your child's body, style, and personal standards. Children living in larger bodies are at risk of pursuing diets with the goal of reducing their body size. Diets are harmful and can … Continue reading How to shop for clothes when your daughter wears plus size

Protecting our kids from diet culture and fatphobia as they recover from an eating disorder, and what to know about dieting during recovery, an interview with dietician Alex Raymond

Q: In our society, it’s impossible not to receive incorrect, fat-phobic diet and nutrition messages all day, every day. Our kids hear them at school, read them in magazines, social media, TV and on billboards, and talk about them with friends. What is your advice for parents who want to counter-balance all of the misinformation … Continue reading Protecting our kids from diet culture and fatphobia as they recover from an eating disorder, and what to know about dieting during recovery, an interview with dietician Alex Raymond

woman looks at herself in the mirror and worries she has gained weight after an eating disorder

When your child gains weight while in recovery from an eating disorder

When recovering from an eating disorder, it's quite common to gain weight. This may seem philosophically obvious, but it can devastate eating disorder recovery attempts if the weight gain is not handled carefully. If your child is undergoing treatment for an eating disorder, then body image is a big part of the work she or he … Continue reading When your child gains weight while in recovery from an eating disorder

mothers have dreams for their daughters that may support eating disorder development

Mothers wishing for thin daughters – a cultural expectation with far-reaching consequences

When our baby girls are handed to us, it begins. Is she perfect? Of course, of course, we tell ourselves. We check each of her fingers and toes, and stroke her head, and hope for a future in which she will be happy and ... well, to be honest, we hope she will be thin. … Continue reading Mothers wishing for thin daughters – a cultural expectation with far-reaching consequences

When your child is overweight – what to do, what to say, how to feel, by Tracy Brown, RD

First of all, when I hear the word overweight, I want to say, “Overweight for what?” Being overweight is not a true descriptor; it’s a medicalized way of saying that someone looks different from the norm. There’s a medical and societal misunderstanding about weight and health, and the standard now is to be thin. If … Continue reading When your child is overweight – what to do, what to say, how to feel, by Tracy Brown, RD