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Eating Disorders Blog

Information and resources for parents who want to learn more about eating disorder recovery

Hey there! This blog by eating disorder expert and parent coach Ginny Jones provides information and resources for parents who want to learn more about eating disorders. You will learn more about eating disorders and get some practical tips for helping your child navigate recovery.

3 reasons your child gets anxious when they eat

Does your child get anxious when they eat? Here are some things your child might do when they feel anxious about eating:  Feeling anxiety is mentally terrifying and physically awful. And you know what people want to do when they feel anxious? They want to avoid doing the thing that makes them anxious. It makes…

Podcast episodes for parents raising anti-diet kids

Here are four podcast episodes to listen to if your goal is raising anti-diet kids who are free from diet culture, weight stigma, and eating disorders. Diet culture is a set of beliefs that promotes intentional weight loss, thin bodies, and limited and privileged ways of eating. Basically, it says that fat bodies are bad…

Secrets to success: outpatient eating disorder treatment 

An eating disorder diagnosis can throw parents into a tailspin as they try to figure out the best course of action. The alarm you feel when your child is diagnosed is appropriate and necessary, because the sooner you mobilize treatment for your child, the greater their chances of recovery. It is never a good idea…

A parent’s guide to residential eating disorder treatment

Choosing to send your child to residential treatment for their eating disorder is a big decision. I have yet to meet a parent who doesn’t feel nervous and unsure about how to decide how to handle this. Following are some of the most common questions and my answers to help you make the best decision…

Parent support for eating disorders

Getting parent support when kids have eating disorders can make all the difference in treatment and recovery. Parents are not the cause of eating disorders, and yet the way they approach treatment and recovery can make all the difference in whether their child accepts and ultimately embraces recovery. What causes eating disorders? The first (very…

Parent coaching for a college student with an eating disorder

If your college student has/had an eating disorder, you may want parent coaching to help you support them in making the transition to school. College students are at high risk of eating disorders, and unfortunately things are getting worse. About 15% of college students were at risk for an eating disorder in 2013, but today…

Parent coaching for ADHD and eating issues

If your child has ADHD, you may want parent coaching to help with eating issues, ranging from very picky eating, forgetting to eat, disordered eating and eating disorders. Eating issues are scary for parents, but they’re not uncommon. More than 1/3 of people who have eating disorders also have ADHD. This rate is much higher…

How to help a child who is binge eating

Watching your child when they’re binge eating is stressful, but you can help. Your confident support before, during, and after binge eating episodes will help them recover. Here are my top five tips to help your child during a binge eating episode: 1. Remember that the binge is a symptom of a problem Seeing your…

Daughter accuses me of being an almond mom

Today I’m going to address a letter from a mom whose daughter accuses her of being an almond mom. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this term, so I’ll start by giving you a quick overview.  An almond mom is a trend that blew up on TikTok in late 2022. It’s driven by girls…

Getting support for your child’s eating disorder

If your child has an eating disorder, you want to get support for yourself as a parent. This is because eating disorders don’t only affect the person with the diagnosis – they affect everyone. And often parents becomes overwhelmed, stressed, and burnt out with the caregiving required when a child has an eating disorder. These…

FBT Parent Coaching for a Child or Teen with Anorexia

If your child or teen has anorexia, you want to find the most effective and healthy way to help them gain weight and reduce their symptoms. Many parents find themselves stuck in a hard spot. They believe their only option is to convince (often beg!) their child to eat. If that doesn’t work, they think…

When your child with anorexia threatens suicide

Today we’re going to hear from a parent whose daughter has anorexia and has threatened suicide during meals. Obviously, this is a tough topic, but it’s not uncommon so I’m going to give you a practical, step-by-step approach that I’ve seen work well. The letter Dear Ginny,  My daughter is 12 and we’re doing FBT…

My daughter hates her body

Today we’re going to hear from a mom whose daughter hates her body. The body bashing is intense and hard to deal with.  The letter Dear Ginny, My daughter hates her body. This isn’t the normal teenage stuff that I expected. She genuinely hates her body and can spend the day standing in front of…

I’ve got my own eating disorder now

Today we’re going to hear from a mom whose daughter has an eating disorder, and now the mom is experiencing her own eating issues.  The letter Dear Ginny, I’ve spent the past six years trying to help our daughter recover from anorexia. We have tried every treatment, and it’s been a very expensive uphill battle.…

So tired of the arguments about the eating disorder

Today we’re going to hear from a dad struggling with arguments, both about eating disorder behaviors and almost everything else. As most of us know, arguments with teenagers are frustrating and often counterproductive. So what to do instead? Let’s dive in.  The letter Dear Ginny,  My teenager has an eating disorder. It’s been a few…

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Ginny Jones parent coach eating disorders

About Me

Hi, I’m Ginny. I’m on a mission to help parents raise kids who are free from food and eating issues.

I created this blog to give parents important information and advice when their kids have eating disorders.

I write about a combination of topics, from movies that are “safe” for eating disorder recovery to details about why eating disorders occur and how parents can help with recovery.

My goal is to educate parents about eating disorders while also empowering them to support their kids’ recovery. I try to include real-world examples to help illustrate common situations that I encounter when coaching parents.

I work from a place of education and compassion because I know that the best way for you to help your kid feel better is for you to feel better. You matter, and I’m here to help.

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This eating disorders blog is written from a Health at Every Size® and Intuitive Eating perspective. These foundational beliefs drive my work as a coach, my life as a person in recovery, and how I parent. I adopted these beliefs, which are based on solid scientific evidence, during my recovery from a 30-year eating disorder. After spending decades at war with my body, I found peace and healing in learning to trust it as wise, intuitive, and powerful.

If you’re curious about this approach, please reach out and I’ll be happy to tell you more about it.