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

A mom’s letter to her daughter who called herself fat

Even the most body-positive parent with a strong knowledge of Health at Every Size can feel overwhelmed when their sweet child calls herself fat. We can talk about positive body image all we want, but when negative body thoughts inevitably find their way into our daughter's head, we may feel frozen and ill-equipped to respond. … Continue reading A mom’s letter to her daughter who called herself fat

Teaching your child media literacy in the age of false claims and fake news on Instagram

Instagram is one of the fastest-growing social media platforms among teenagers and young adults. Many people spend at least an hour each day scrolling through their Instagram feed. This is a challenge for parents, since Instagram is full of false claims and fake news about health and wellness. It is a veritable hotbed of diet … Continue reading Teaching your child media literacy in the age of false claims and fake news on Instagram

What parents and educators need to know about diet culture, by Dana Suchow

Diet culture is a system that demonizes and hates fat. Diet culture tells us that even though 95% of diets fail, we should still maintain an endless pursuit of weight loss. Diet culture tells us that we'll only be healthy if we're thin, even though we know that thin doesn't equal health. Diet culture overrides … Continue reading What parents and educators need to know about diet culture, by Dana Suchow

Three gifts to give your child who has an eating disorder

Giving gifts is a beautiful tradition, and most parents love the opportunity to shower their kids with presents on birthdays and holidays. If your child has an eating disorder, here are a few gift ideas. Reframing eating disorders Eating disorders, like all maladaptive coping mechanisms (including substance abuse, self-harm, and many behavioral addictions such as … Continue reading Three gifts to give your child who has an eating disorder

How to know if your child is “sick enough” with an eating disorder

Eating disorders are perceived as disorders in which the person suffering wastes away and becomes skeletal in appearance. It is true that a rare minority of people who have eating disorders begin at a relatively low body weight and, upon engaging in disordered eating, rapidly lose more weight and become medically underweight. These people often … Continue reading How to know if your child is “sick enough” with an eating disorder

10 self-care tips if you’re struggling to deal with your kid’s eating disorder today

If you have a child who has an eating disorder, then you are likely seriously overwhelmed and stressed out. The best way to deal with this is to accept that having a child who has an eating disorder is really, really hard. Of course you're struggling! Don't try to deny the difficulties or ignore the … Continue reading 10 self-care tips if you’re struggling to deal with your kid’s eating disorder today