We live in a body-shaming, food-phobic society that breeds body hate, disordered eating, and eating disorders.
Let’s fight back and raise healthy kids who are free from body and food issues!
Jamie was devastated the first time her daughter Sienna asked if she was “too fat.” She thought she had done a pretty good job of being a body-positive mom.
Jamie controlled her initial shock and reassured Sienna that she was fine, and they moved on.
But a few weeks later, she saw Sienna frowning at her reflection in the mirror. She noticed that Sienna was picking at her dinner instead of ravenously digging in. She was bringing home her lunch half-eaten, and barely touching her breakfast.
“What’s going on, honey?” she asked.
“I need to lose some weight, Mom,” said Sienna.
Jamie’s heart stopped.
“What did I do wrong?” she asked her friend later that day. “I don’t want to pass all my food and body issues on to Sienna, and I thought I was doing a good job. But here she is, echoing every bad thing I’ve ever thought about my body.”
Jamie had done her very best to be body-positive, but Sienna was still running straight into our society’s fatphobia and diet culture. The fact is that it’s not enough to feel body-positive. We have to explicitly talk to our kids about cultural fatphobia and the dangers of dieting and body shaming they will encounter in the world.
Luckily, there are things Jamie can do to help Sienna embrace her body and pursue healthy behaviors without engaging in body hate, disordered eating, or eating disorders. Sienna doesn’t have to keep feeling bad about her body, and Jamie can help.
Parent Coaching for Parents Who Want to Get This Right
If you’re worried that your child is developing food and body issues, I can help. I’ve spent the last four years interviewing hundreds of people about body hate, disordered eating, and eating disorders. I’ve spoken with many of the experts on eating disorders, nutrition, and body image.
My questions always come back to the same thing: what can parents do to help their kids be healthy?
The good news is that there is a lot that we can do as parents to help our kids be healthy – both mentally and physically. There’s so much we can do when they start to complain about their bodies, stop eating, eat erratically, binge eat, or even develop full-blown eating disorders.
We are not helpless, and we can make a huge impact on our kids’ health and body image. This is not easy, but it’s something you can learn very quickly if you work with me as your parent coach.
You’ve Got Questions. I’ve Got Answers.
Parents have questions like:
- How do I help my child who is in a larger body?
- How can I get my partner/family to stop body shaming my child?
- Can I raise a body-positive child if I hate my body?
- How can I shield my child from fat shaming at the doctor’s office and school?
- What can I do to get my child to eat normally again?
- What do I say when my child says they feel fat?
- How do I get my partner/family to stop food policing?
- Why do I have to work on myself if my child has a problem?
- How can I teach my child Intuitive Eating?
- What can I do to help my child accept their body?
- Should I support my child going clean/paleo/vegetarian/vegan?
- What can I do when my child gets body shamed?
- How do I navigate my child’s eating disorder recovery?
- How do I get my child to eat with our family again?
- Can I tell my friends that my child has an eating disorder?
- How can I accept my child’s body size?
I can help you answer these questions through the perspective of body positivity, Intuitive Eating, and Health at Every Size (HAES).
Ginny Jones is a Parent Coach who helps parents handle kids’ food & body issues. Learn more
Feel Better. Do The Right Thing.
We all want our kids to grow up healthy. But it’s rough out there.
The current generation of kids and young adults have the highest rates of anxiety and depression ever recorded. Rates of eating disorders are skyrocketing. The “war on obesity” has made us terrified that our parenting choices are going to either save or ruin our kids, meal by meal.
But we can all feel better and do the right thing for our kids’ long-term health. We just need a little help.
I’d like to help you. Schedule a free coaching session and let’s talk about what’s going on with your kid(s). You can get a taste of what parent coaching is like and we’ll see if I’m a good fit for your needs. There’s no obligation – it’s just a phone call.
Raising Healthy Kids – With Help
Our kids are facing negative food and body messages every day, everywhere they go. Parents who want their kids to be healthy have to be super-proactive about preventing body hate and restoring body acceptance. We have to learn about fatphobia, diet culture, and become media literate so that we can help our kids be health in body and mind.
I think parent coaching is a great way for you to learn some new things and plan how you can help your kid(s) be healthy.
I’d love to work with you and help you raise kids who are free from body hate, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Let me know if you’re interested in setting up a free introductory parent coaching call!