One of the burning questions I am hearing routinely from parents is this: How can I help my child develop a healthy relationship with food?
Certainly, good eating habits, as well as general food habits, are some key signs of a healthy relationship, but there’s more to the story. What about body image? What about the influence of media and well-intentioned healthcare providers?
I dig into all these questions and more in this episode of The Nourished Child with Julie Duffy Dillon. She is the creator of the Love, Food podcast, a registered dietitian, licensed therapist, and mom.Learn how YOU can help your child develop a healthy relationship with food. Click To Tweet
What You Will Learn:
How the media misinforms the public about what it means to be healthy
Why dieting doesn’t work for the long run (and in fact, it makes things worse)
Why messages and beliefs about “thinness equals health” are harmful, even toxic, to children
Health can be had at any size
Why weight stigma hurts everyone (even thin children)
What a healthy relationship with food really looks like
How parents can help their child develop a healthy relationship with food
How the underpinnings of an eating disorder in children grow and take hold
3 components to the development of an eating disorder
Tips to help children feel good about themselves and their bodies
What is Covered in the Episode:
The humanizing aspect of raising children (even for professionals!)
Why parents need to trust themselves so that their children will learn to trust themselves too
Why media coverage of bodies is a social justice issue
“Fat” as a descriptor of the body (not as a pejorative, shaming term)
How beliefs about body weight and health may lead to poor body image and dieting
Why eating disorders are more of a concern for children than Type 2 diabetes
Why healthy eating needs to be pleasurable
How to talk with children without commenting on their body features
What individuals with eating disorders wish was handled differently in their youth
Links Mentioned in this Show:
Julie’s podcast: Love, Food
Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility
Eating Disorders mini-series (3-part series for parents)
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