Screen Shot 2017 10 10 at 9.09.34 PM7 Things Parents can do to Raise Kids with Healthy Body Esteem

March 14, 2018, 7:00-9:00 pm, Central School, 620 Greenwood Ave, Glencoe, Illinois 

In 2017 it is projected that 1 out of every 8 girls will be diagnosed with an eating disorder in her lifetime. That statistic is staggering; practically nobody had eating disorders when we parents were kids. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses around body image and eating that begin with negative body esteem

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.  Our boys worry about their bodies and what they eat, too.  It is normal, but not okay.

What can we do to help our our children to navigate their way through this culture?  This discussion offers concrete steps for parents to teach their children to appreciate their bodies and themselves. It is time to make our kids' mental health around body image and eating a priority in our homes and in our society.