Can a person fully recover from an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are poorly understood, and there are many different perspectives on why they occur and exactly what is involved in their development and recovery. There are many theories pointing towards a combination of genetics, temperament, family, and social predictors. As of right now, all we can say is that these factors seem to combine … Continue reading Can a person fully recover from an eating disorder?

A letter to the doctor who told me to “watch” my daughter’s weight

We came in for a check-up for my 12-year-old daughter last week. Over the past 12 years, you have spent significant time during our appointments discussing my daughter's weight trajectory. I can remember you telling me several times that her height was at a higher percentage than her weight, which you said was "good." But … Continue reading A letter to the doctor who told me to “watch” my daughter’s weight

Why it’s time to throw away your pre-baby jeans and embrace your “mom bod”

There is a troubling trend in the media to pursue a non-mom-bod, pre-baby body. When I Googled "mom bod," I was faced with horrible definitions filled with misogynistic body hate. The presentation is that a mom bod is the result of a woman who has "let herself go." But the truth is that a mom … Continue reading Why it’s time to throw away your pre-baby jeans and embrace your “mom bod”

Reading list of books that promote body acceptance to help parents create a positive body environment for kids

Parents should become well-versed in the concepts of body acceptance and Health at Every Size if they want to raise kids who are resilient against eating disorders, disordered eating, and body dysmorphia. One of the biggest challenges facing many parents today is that we can see that the fatphobic culture in which we live is … Continue reading Reading list of books that promote body acceptance to help parents create a positive body environment for kids

Best care package ideas for a person who is in an eating disorder treatment facility

When a loved one, friend, or acquaintance enters an eating disorder treatment center, they benefit from a connection to the outside world and a reminder that the people who love them are rooting for their recovery. Why send a care package to someone in recovery for an eating disorder? Eating disorder treatment facilities are a … Continue reading Best care package ideas for a person who is in an eating disorder treatment facility

Stop supporting intentional weight loss! Here’s the science to support a non-diet, weight-neutral approach

So much of what parents think they know for sure about food, diet, and weight is just plain wrong. It's not our fault - it's just that journalists, healthcare providers, educators, bloggers, and influencers all promote weight control and intentional weight loss (AKA dieting) as if it is good, healthy, and necessary. Despite all the … Continue reading Stop supporting intentional weight loss! Here’s the science to support a non-diet, weight-neutral approach

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

The terrors of middle school body harassment, and how to help your child navigate body shaming

"Are you pregnant?" asks the 11-year old boy, pointing at her stomach and immediately breaking into hilarious giggles, encouraging everyone around him to look and laugh as well. And the girl, stunned, looks down at her belly and wonders, perhaps for the first time "am I fat?" And she starts to think, perhaps for the … Continue reading The terrors of middle school body harassment, and how to help your child navigate body shaming