7 Things Parents can do to Raise Kids with Healthy Body Esteem
We live in an appearance-obsessed culture. Adolescents consistently list their body image as the # 1 concern in their lives. We know the distraction of time wasted worrying about our bodies being thin enough or buff enough. As parents, we’d rather they focus on what matters more.
The session explores tried-and-true methods of how you can help your daughters and sons with how they think and feel about their bodies. This talk dovetails the body image curriculum in Central School’s 7th and 8th grade health classes
The 7 Things Parents can do to Raise Daughters with Positive Body Image
In 2018 it is projected that 1 out of every 8 women will be diagnosed with an eating disorder in her lifetime. That statistic is staggering; practically no women had eating disorders back in our day. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses around body image and eating that begin with negative body image.
We live in a time and place that is brutal on the body esteem of its women. Six of every 8 women live with negative body image caused by our diet culture's obsession with being thin at all costs. Having a negative body image is normal in today's world. But it's not okay.
What can we do to help our daughters navigate their way through this culture? This discussion offers concrete steps for parents and grandparents to help our daughters learn to appreciate their bodies and themselves. It is time to make our daughters' mental health around body image and eating a priority in our homes and in our society.
Diets Don’t Work: Learn to Eat Intuitively
Everyone knows that diets don’t work. We've been trying to manage and control our weight by restricting food for decades. Diets and dieting are passé now. What do we do instead? We listen to our bodies instead of trying to manage or control them. This is intuitive eating. Based on the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, we explore how to rewire your brain to eat what you want, when you want, by listening to your body signals, not by focusing on someone else's idea of what you should eat. By unpacking the way you think about eating, we make 5 small-but-mite mental shifts in your "eating GPS" and move on to bigger and better things in your life than counting calories, carbs or points.
How to Maintain a Positive Body Image in Today’s Crazy World
This crazy world we live in is obsessed with women’s bodies. This shows up in an individual woman or girl in the way she feels about her own body, her body image. What happened to our generation? How is it going for our daughters? Why are the stakes so high for our bodies and appearance and what can be done about it for all women of all ages in the culture? We discuss how to cultivate a positive body image by taking apart what a positive body image looks like. Then, we figure out how to apply our definition of a positive body image to you.
Workshops on Positive Body Image and Intuitive Eating
This Workshop discusses how our body and food obsessed culture has affected your ideas about your body. We discuss the messages about your body that you've received in your life from your environment: parents, family and friends. We talk about whole-self care and how that intention provides for better care-taking of yourself than a focus on sculpting your appearance. Then we locate the voice in your head that could be sabotaging positive self-care. Finally, we talk about how you can take what you've learned in the session out into the world.
We also discuss how diets are passé in today's world. We talk about how to listen to our bodies instead of trying to manage or control them. This is intuitive eating. Based on the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, we explore how to rewire your brain to eat what you want, when you want, by listening to your body signals, not by focusing on someone else's idea of what you should eat. By unpacking the way you think about eating, we make 5 small-but-mite mental shifts in your "eating GPS" and move on to bigger and better things in your life than counting calories, carbs or points.