Mothers, daughters and body image

Between the thigh gap craze and magazine covers featuring models who don’t eat, it’s no wonder young girls have body image issues, right? Well, researchers have found something that influences a young girls’ body image even more than Taylor Swift’s lanky limbs….drum roll please… and it’s their mothers. We can’t all have a mother-daughter relationship […]

An easy online screening tool for eating disorders

“3 Minutes Can Save a Life” That’s the tag line for the 2016 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 21-27th.  The “3 Minutes” refers to an online screening tool, designed to quickly assess a person’s risk for an eating disorder and need for professional help. It’s well known that eating disorders, in particular anorexia, have the […]

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and a good time to reflect on how far we’ve come in understanding this complex problem.  And how far we have to go, because we still don’t have any sure-fire cures.  Fixing an eating disorder is a long slow frustrating process, requiring the complete cooperation and participation of the […]

Eating Disorder-proof your child

As a follow up to my podcast on Eating Disorders, here are some suggestions on how parents can minimize the chances of a child developing an eating disorder.  While it’s not possible to guarantee that any interventions will absolutely prevent an eating disorder, these recommendations can support that goal: 1. Don’t model dieting behavior. Never […]

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