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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: How can parents help?

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NEDAwareness_2015_Shareable_ParentsThis week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week, a time to shine a light on the seriousness of these issues and raise awareness.

Last year, we received insights from Family Institute staff clinician Mallory Rose, LMFT, on the unique ways families and eating disorders interact, including one way in which parents can help in early intervention against disordered eating and/or body image issues:

Parents are also in a unique situation because they can demonstrate to their children healthy ways of coping with anxiety. Children are very perceptive and will notice even subtle signs of parents’ anxieties and insecurities. I encourage parents to really try to recognize and address their relationships with their bodies and food intake. Anxiety may be inevitable, but I encourage parents to work on healthy ways of coping for themselves and to also be healthy role models for their children.

Read Mallory’s full blog post here, and learn more about her services on our website.

 

To look for treatment for eating disorders or food-related issues, visit our Find-A-Therapist feature.

The Family Institute offers a wide variety of affordable counseling care that treats whole individuals and their loved ones. Find out more at our website.

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