How to be Helpful not Harmful: Eating Problems in Adolescence
Advice for parents
Do’s & Don'ts
|Don’t talk about diets.
|Discuss eating healthy.
|Don’t talk about exercising for weight loss.
|Discuss exercising to become stronger.
|Don’t talk about improving your body to be more attractive.
|Talk about improving your body so you’ll be ready for your life’s challenges.
|Don’t be afraid to be photographed.
|Take every opportunity to document your life with your child.
|Don’t use the “clean plate” measure of food.
|Teach your child to pause and determine whether they are full or satisfied.
|Don’t focus only on outer appearance.
|Talk about what it means to be a good person.
Praise your child on their “inner” attributes.
|Don’t skip meals.
|Show your children that it’s important to eat three healthy meals a day.
|Don’t make every food decision for your child.
|Give your child a say in what they eat.
Let your child help choose foods at the grocery store.
Use this time to educate your child on good food choices.
Tell them that eating a variety of food is important for growing and to be strong.
Teach them about vitamins and minerals.
|Don’t eat only diet foods or fat-free foods.
|Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.