The ABC’s of eating disorders: part 2 (

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post "The ABC’s of eating disorders: part 2": As promised, this week’s post is a continuation of last week’s compilation of insights related to eating disorder awareness, treatment and recovery. Never put a child on a diet. At a basic level, diets encourage calorie restriction and labeling foods as “good” and “bad,” and rarely result in sustainable weight loss. A diet can trigger an eating disorder in a susceptible child or teen, particularly those with a family history of eating disorders. A pediatrician can be an important ally if a child’s weight is changing outside the norms of the standard growth charts. They can refer patients to eating disorder experts when necessary, and also help parents and guardians enact healthy lifestyle choices. Over-exposure to popular culture can lead to body image issues and contribute to the development of an eating disorder. Many of the images and messages we see through television, movies, magazines and the internet encourage the “perfect body” ideal, which is unrealistic and in some cases impossible to achieve. Remember, eating disorders have sociocultural underpinnings. Our experience of the world through cultural expectations and social interactions and the resulting feelings of anxiety or inadequacy can influence the development of these diseases. Visit her blog to read the article in its entirety.

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