Parent Discussion of Weight Increases Adolescent Risk of Disordered Eating Behaviors

binge eating disorder treatment in houstonConversations About Weight May Increase Disordered Eating Behaviors

Parents may mean well, but a recent study found that parents discussion of weight vs. healthy eating was more likely to lead to disordered eating behavior in adolescents. Disordered eating behaviors included binge eating, extreme dieting, and laxative abuse. Click here to read the study highlights:


Given that we live in a society where weight stigma is high, it makes sense that emphasis on weight is more likely to induce negative thoughts and feelings, which can ultimately lead to disordered eating. Healthy eating is not really about weight. It’s about feeling good, nurturing your whole body, and treating your body with lovingkindness. When we focus on weight, the emphasis is on fear or what is wrong. This disconnects us from our bodies and sets the stage for feelings of shame and inadequacy.

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The Houston researchers point out that conversations focused on healthful eating are protective against disordered eating behaviors. Take a stand today to start talking with yourself and those you love about health and well-being vs. weight stigma. Love your body, love yourself!


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