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Body Image

Celebrating Girls Exactly As They Are—And Celebrating Ourselves

When I found out I was having a girl, I got scared. Because I remember what it's like to be a girl, a teenager, a young woman. I remember vividly the insecurity; the deep desire to look like everyone else but myself; the longing to lose weight, to be pretty, to be popular; the roller-coaster of restricting and bingeing; the pain of rejection; the comparisons and the coming up short. I remember vividly second-guessing everything. I...
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The Challenge of Practicing Self-Care as a Parent: Q&A with Clinician Catherine O’Brien

Recently, I started a mini series that explores practicing self-care as a parent. Because finding the time and energy to care for ourselves while caring for our kids isn't easy. We also might feel a palpable guilt for doing so. For instance, maybe you assume that you're a terrible parent because you yearn to get away and be alone. Each of us has specific needs, and each of us deserves...
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Binge Eating

My Body Image Dream for 2016

Today, in the , we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality. Inspired by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard’s beautiful piece, every year I republish a post on my personal dream (which I’ve updated since last year). It’s a dream that focuses on everything from how we treat each other to how...
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Body Image

A Powerful Body Image Book for Kids

Today, I’m excited and honored to share my interview with Judith Matz and Elizabeth Patch, creators of the powerful kids book Amanda's Big Dream. It tells the story of a girl who dreams of a solo in the Spring Ice Skating Show. But her confidence plummets when her skating coach makes a comment about her weight.

I’ve known Judith and Elizabeth for several years now, and have featured their important work here on...
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Boys & Men

3 Common Myths About Eating Disorders

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The goal is to increase awareness and education about eating disorders.

Eating disorders are serious illnesses. But, sadly, in our society, they're both belittled and deeply misunderstood. That's why, today, I'd like to focus on dispelling several common myths about EDs.

Below, two experts from the Eating Recovery Center share the truth behind the misconceptions.

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Disordered Eating

7 Tips To Help Kids Cope With Stress

Stress can spark disordered eating. While the relationship between the two is complex and varies by person, many people turn to food -- or away from food -- in times of stress. Controlling food intake becomes a way to cope.

In other words, "many people react to stress by under- or over-eating," according to Jamie Manwaring, PhD, a primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Hospital.

When stress...
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Helping Your Child Have A Healthy Relationship With Food: Part 3 With Dr. Katja Rowell

This is the last part of my interview with Dr. Katja Rowell, , a feeding specialist and author of the must-read book Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More. (I highly recommend it for all parents!)

Below, Dr. Rowell reveals the practical and effective ways parents can help their children build a healthy relationship with food. Specifically, she follows...
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