Eating disorders can be dangerous. At our Loma Linda health service center, we often provide therapy and counseling for those who struggle with eating disorders. However, we also think it’s important for parents to understand a few ways they can help set their kids up for a healthy relationship with food. While we can’t control all of our children’s influences, we can try to set the best example at home as possible.
Read on to learn more as we discuss prevention tactics for eating disorders, and if you or someone you love struggles with an eating disorder, make an appointment at our Loma Linda health services center at South Coast Community Services today.
Avoid Dieting Around Your Children
One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to avoid dieting around your children. Dieting sends the message that food is something to be feared and that certain foods are bad for us. Children who grow up seeing their parents obsess about calories and restricting their diets may be more likely to develop eating disorders themselves.
Model a Healthy Relationship With Food
It’s also important to model a healthy relationship with food in front of your kids. Eat all kinds of foods and discuss the benefits of different foods with your children. Enjoy meals together as a family, and talk about the different nutrients and vitamins each food contains. For example, orange-colored vegetables typically contain vitamin C, which can help support their immune system and help wounds heal. Also, assure them that all types of food have a place and refrain from labeling food as “good” or “bad.”
Talk to Your Child About Common Misconceptions About Eating Disorders
If you’re worried that your child may be struggling with an eating disorder, it’s important to talk to them about it and dispel any myths they may have heard about eating disorders. Let them know that eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that should not be taken lightly. If you think your child may need help, please make an appointment at our health service center today. We would be happy to provide assistance and support.
Avoid Criticizing Your Body In Front of Your Child
Lastly, avoid criticizing your body in front of your child. If you’re always talking about how you need to lose weight or how you hate your thighs, your child will start to internalize those messages. It’s important to love and appreciate your body, no matter what size or shape it is.
Schedule an Appointment at Our Loma Linda Health Services Center
At South Coast Community Services in Loma Linda, we often provide teens and adults with therapy and counseling for overcoming eating disorders. If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, make an appointment today.