Is Your Child at Risk For Developing an Eating Disorder in Reno Nevada?
Are you a concerned parent that your child may develop an eating disorder? Here are tips on how to start the conversation with your child and keep the focus on health not weight.
According to an article at counselheal.com, “Children and Eating Disorders”
“Even though weight is a very personal subject, it needs to be addressed in one way or another in order to fight against the obesity pandemic. In a new study, researchers suggest that discussing healthier eating habits as opposed to weight loss could lead to more healthy weight loss goals.
The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota reviewed data from a large sample of teenagers and their parents. The researchers discovered that parents who took the weight loss conversation route ended up with teenagers who developed eating disorders, extreme dieting and other unhealthy methods. Parents who spoke to their children about eating habits were more likely to influence their children into eating healthier, which can then result in healthy weight loss.
The research team found that around 60 percent of parents discussed weight with their overweight or obese teenagers. 64 percent of children who were a part of a discussion centered on weight ended up turning to unhealthy eating methods as opposed to the 40 percent of children who had a discussion about healthy eating. The researchers found that when fathers were involved in the conversation, especially if it is focused on weight loss, they can negatively affect the teenagers more so than mothers. The researchers believe that when parents discuss health and weight loss, their study shows that talking about eating better for the body is more effective than talking about losing weight.” To read the entire article click here.