Raising Body Positive Teens
A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise, and Body Image
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In a world fraught with diet-culture and weight stigma, many parents worry about their child's relationship with their body and food. This down-to-earth guide is an invaluable resource allowing parents to take proactive actions in promoting a friendship with food, and preventative actions to minimize the risk factors for the development of eating disorders, particularly when early signs of disordered eating, excessive exercise, or body dissatisfaction have been noticed. It provides clear strategies and tools with a practical focus to gently encourage parents and teens to have a healthy relationship with food and exercise by centralizing joy and health. Coming from a therapist, a dietician, and an adolescent medicine physician, with insightful case studies from an array of young people from different backgrounds, this multidisciplinary author team delivers friendly, strategic guidance based in a wealth of expertise.
- Published: Mar 21 2022
- Pages: 224
- 214 x 138mm
- ISBN: 9781839970399
Jason Nagata, MD, MSc Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California
Raising Body Positive Teens provides parents with practical advice, interactive activities, and real-life examples as they support their children through adolescence. The authors are respected experts with extensive experience in mental health, nutrition, and adolescent medicine.
Sara Gilliam, Co-author, "Reviving Ophelia: 25th Anniversary Edition
My margin notes had margin notes! I eagerly absorbed the sound wisdom and concrete suggestions in this book, and will be suggesting it to friends, colleagues and fellow parents for years to come. Raising Body Positive Teens is smart, readable, and endlessly helpful.
Virginia Sole-Smith, author of The Eating Instinct
This smart, well-researched book guides parents through every hard conversation and stumbling block we're likely to encounter as we work to empower our kids to love and care for their bodies, and to understand the harm caused by anti-fat bias. I'm so grateful to have this on my bookshelf!
Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic and author of “Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders"
Raising Body Positive Teens is a wonderful resource for parents who want to help their kids develop habits that will lead to true, enduring health...replacing the harmful and misleading size-focused "health" that diet culture offers. The expert team of authors offer countless practical ways to develop a friendship with food and body while honoring culinary traditions from around the world. This book breaks down common misconceptions and replaces them with thoughtful, scientifically sound, weight neutral, and body positive lessons that can be deployed that same day.
Dan Tomasulo, Ph.D., Author of Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression, Academic Director, Spirituality Mind Body Institute Teachers College, Columbia University
How we nurture ourselves and the well-being of our children requires thoughtful awareness. Raising Body Positive Teens is the best go-to book for parents on learning how to support, inspire, and navigate teens toward their best possible selves.
Fiona Sutherland, ADP, RYT. Director, The Mindful Dietitian and Host, The Mindful Dietitian Podcast
This is the book we wish our own parents had read when we were teens, and just the balm today's parents are looking for to navigate the messiness of current day diet culture. Perfect for anyone whose own food and body journey has been on the wobbly side of things and wanting something different for our own young people, this gem will be on my go-to recommended list for many years to come.