I get a lot of questions about parenting. One of the categories of questions I get is about how to help kids become healthy eaters and avoid disordered eating and poor body image. One of my most read blog posts is entitled "How to Not Screw Up Your Kid's Body Image." I also have another more recent post entitled "Children and Eating - Developing Non-Disordered Eating Habits" and one entitled "How to Not Screw Up Your Kid's Body Image - Developing Healthy Eating Habits in Children."
One of the resources I have enjoyed recently is Julie Duffy Dillon's LOVE, FOOD Podcast. It is a good listen for those of you who need helping making peace with food and learning to be more intuitive eaters. Dillon is a nutrition therapist and an eating disorder specialist.
She wrote a helpful article called "Helping your large child thrive in a fat phobic world." I recommend it for all parents, not just parents who have children with larger bodies. In the article she addresses some commonly asked questions such as
- How do I talk to my kids about food, dieting, and overeating?
- How can I encourage my kids to exercise?
- How can I help my children learn to love and accept their bodies?
If you are struggling with parenting, disordered eating, or other pain in your life, professional counseling can help. Please call our Houston therapists at 713- 591 - 3612 or visit the Wilson Counseling website at www. wilsoncounseling. org to find out more.