Mealtime Warning Signs: What are Abnormal Behaviors?

September 20th, 2015 by
When a child has an eating disorder, it can be difficult to see all of the behaviors that may be happening at your dinner table.  Here are some behaviors that may indicate there is a problem. Is your child… Moving food around her plate instead of actually eating? Concerned about what what put in her … Read More

My child has an eating disorder and is going back to school soon. How do we prepare?

August 16th, 2015 by

For teenagers with eating disorders, going back to school can bring up many stressful emotions. They spend around 7 hours a day away from their parents and have numerous opportunities to engage in their eating disorder behaviors. Here is how parents can help their children’s recovery. 1. Speak to your child’s teachers/ nurse/ guidance counselor … Read More

What are the signs of an eating disorder? Part Two.

August 16th, 2015 by

If you missed the first half of this post, click here.  Changes in beliefs around food It is not uncommon for a teenager  with an eating disorder to begin eliminating certain types of food.  Sometimes teens become vegetarians, or only eat organic food, or become preoccupied with “good” vs. “bad” foods. Changes in physical activity … Read More

What are the warning signs of an eating disorder? Part One.

August 16th, 2015 by

Decoding the behavior of teenagers can be challenging enough without the added stress of identifying disordered eating patterns.  How can parents tell if their child needs help? Some warning signs of eating disorder behaviors are listed below.  Obsession with body image If you find your teenager constantly talking about her body in a negative way, … Read More

How can my marriage survive our child’s eating disorder?

July 20th, 2015 by

When your child has an eating disorder, the entire family is affected.  Marriages can often bear the brunt of the stress as partners disagree over treatment or have a difference of opinion on how to handle their child’s eating behaviors.  Here are three tips to keep your marriage strong and your family unit intact throughout … Read More

How can I learn to practice mindful eating for my eating disorder?

July 10th, 2015 by

Mindfulness is one of the key components for dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT. The key idea around mindfulness is to stay focused on the moment and focus on just one thing at a time. Mindfulness can be an essential tool for teens struggling with eating disorders because it can help redirect racing thoughts and ease … Read More

How did my child get an eating disorder?

July 9th, 2015 by

Anger.  Shame.  Disbelief. Receiving the news that your child has an eating disorder can be a very confusing and overwhelming experience. One of the most common questions that parents ask is “How did this happen? Was it my fault?”  It’s important to conceptualize an eating disorder as a “perfect storm,” meaning the perfect combination of … Read More