How To Be a Body Positive Parent in 6 Steps

How To Be a Body Positive Parent in 6 StepsUseful Tips on How To Be a Body Positive Parent in 6 Steps

As their developing bodies go through big changes, it’s only natural for kids approaching their teenage years to become more concerned about their shapes, sizes, and general appearance. A positive body image means body acceptance. This means that your teen or adolescent’s feelings about their outward appearance are primarily positive, and that they are fairly happy with the way they look. In a culture that’s saturated with images of thin or unrealistic beauty standards, having a positive body image can be a major challenge. While you may have little control over some of the influences that impact your child, you can take conscious steps to help make your role more positive and supportive.

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Complimentary Therapy For Eating Disorders: The Healing Power of Yoga

Complimentary Therapy For Eating DisordersYoga as a Tool for Healing the Mind/Body Connection in Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders, such as Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder can take a incredible toll on the human body. They can attack the mind, body, and spirit of a person. A successful journey to recovery often requires a self-nurturing process to heal these physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds. “This is why yoga is frequently used in the treatment of eating disorders,” yoga advocate Chelsea Roff explains. “I think yoga can be a game-changer in eating disorder treatment because it provides a safe way for patients to begin to explore their body and its sensations again. It helps patients rebuild a conscious connection between mind and body, which is so often severed in the heat of an eating disorder.”

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Eating Disorders Without Borders

Eating Disorders Without BordersEating Disorders Without Borders: The Rise of Eating Disorders Among Minorities, Males, and Developing Nations Sounds an Alarm

No one can escape the pressure to be perfect. Not anymore. Cultures and social groups once thought to be immune to America’s obsession with unrealistic standards of beauty are now reporting eating disorders in record numbers. While the news shatters the old stereotype that eating disorders only affect young white girls, the latest research also reveals that more studies are needed to solve a growing global crisis. A general lack of awareness may be preventing many from getting the help they desperately need, say activists like singer and actor Demi Lovato. Studies have proven that the sooner an eating disorder is treated, the greater the survivor’s chance of making a full recovery. That’s why it’s so critical, experts say, for healthcare professionals and the general public to understand how eating disorders affect all kinds of people.

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Dying to Be Thin: The Long Term Health Risks of Anorexia

Dying to Be Thin The Long Term Health Risks of AnorexiaHow the Complications That Accompany Anorexia Attack the Body

Anorexia Nervosa’s impact on a person’s health can be brutal. Even before the physical effects of this eating disorder become apparent, it begins to attack nearly every system in the human body. Like an aggressive form of cancer, it won’t stop until it wins. The disease has the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders. As many as 20 percent of the people who suffer from anorexia will eventually die from it. And the longer a person suffers from anorexia, the greater their risk of dying becomes. Because some of the complications that come with anorexia can last a lifetime, the timeline for detection, intervention, and treatment can be crucial for recovery.

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Juicerexia? The Dangers of Juicing Diets

Juicerexia The Dangers of Juicing DietsJuicerexia The Dangers of Juicing Diets: Experts Reveal the Health Risks of the Juicing Craze

Promoters of juice diets, fasts, and cleanses promise weight reduction, clear skin, boosted energy, and diminished cravings for food. Endorsements by celebrities like Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow have helped make juicing wildly popular. But the results from these fad diets can come at a very high cost, and the health hazards they produce can be radical. For people prone to having eating disorders, the risk of harm is even greater. “Addicted to the rapid weight loss, some women are taking this new diet craze to dangerous extremes,” warns TV’s Dr. Oz. “Women who do these juice cleanses can, and do, die from heart problems.” Dr. Pauline Powers, who leads the scientific advisory committee of the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders, agrees. She calls juice cleanses “the perfect pathway to disordered eating.”

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How to Spot Mental Health Red Flags

How to Spot Mental Health Red FlagsTeen Angst vs. Teen Anxiety: How to Spot Mental Health Red Flags

Worried about the emotional state of your teen or adolescent? As they begin to naturally separate from the family, it’s common for young people to seem moody or anxious. However, if you suspect that the real issue is a serious mental health disorder or substance abuse, you may have every right to be concerned. Today’s teens often engage in sex, drugs, or alcohol at an earlier age than generations in the past. Due to the intensity of the hormonal and physical changes that happen during puberty, at times, it may be difficult to tell the difference between typical teen behavior and the symptoms of an anxiety disorder or some other emotional difficulty. It helps to know the warning signs.

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Body Positive: 11 Steps to Self-Acceptance

Body Positive 11 Steps to Self-AcceptanceBody Positive: 11 Steps to Self-Acceptance

Every day, thousands of advertisements force women and young girls to compare themselves to models that are tall, slender, fair-skinned and digitally altered. “And failure to live up to them is inevitable,” says filmmaker, author and ad critic Jean Kilbourne. “Because they are based on a flawlessness that doesn’t exist,” Hollywood’s biggest celebrities battle this myth of perfection, too. “You have to look past it—you look how you look, and be comfortable,” says movie star Jennifer Lawrence. “I think we’ve gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, she’s curvy.’ Which is crazy.” Following these useful tips can help you combat the insanity.

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What Parents Want Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals to Know

What Parents Want Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals to KnowLearn About What Parents Want Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals to Know

“You know something is wrong with your child. You feel it in your gut,” activist, blogger, and mother Cherie Monarch writes. “If you can recognize, intervene, and treat fast, you can have this in your rear view mirror.” Drawing from her family’s treatment experience, she now has several ideas that may aid others in opening dialogues and improving the process. Along with her words of encouragement, Ms. Monarch offers a list of suggestions to help treatment providers and parents build a strong foundation for recovery. “As you and I travel this journey together,” she says, “I think it’s imperative that we support each other and collaborate.”

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The Health Risks of Diabulimia Are Frightening

The Health Risks of Diabulimia Are FrighteningThe Health Risks of Diabulimia Are Frightening: Do You Know the Signs?

The side effects of Diabulimia almost sound like an ad for a crazy new fad diet: You can eat all you want, and still lose weight. The only problem, is the price you might pay for this miraculous method- blindness, hair loss, amputation, or death.

Unfortunately far too many diabetic teens and adult women are willing to take these risks. Diabulimia is the term used to describe the combination of mental health disorders that develop when a diabetic deliberately reduces their intake of insulin to reduce their body weight. It’s a very dangerous gamble. When diabetes collides with an eating disorder, the results can be fatal.

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How to Cope With Election Stress

How to Cope With Election StressUseful Tips on How to Cope with Election Stress

Feeling stress from the 2016 election cycle? A new survey shows that you are not alone. “We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican,” says Lynn Bufka, PhD, Associate Executive Director for Practice Research and Policy for the American Psychological Association. “Across party lines, those registered as Democrats and Republicans are statistically equally likely to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.” The study by the APA also reports that social media intensifies our current emotional climate. In response to the results of their research, the organization offers some basic steps to help you cope.

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