Dr. Kendrin Sonneville talks about how body image and stigma lead to the development of eating disorders in children.
Kendrin Sonneville, Sc.D., R.D. delves into the relationship between weight stigma and eating disorders and how it informs the spectrum of eating disorders, including disordered eating and full spectrum eating disorder.
The prevalence of weight stigma has been rising in recent years and affects millions worldwide. From comments about bodies to dieting to changing the size of a body, weight stigma and bias can affect an individual’s self-esteem and self-worth and lead to developing or maintaining an eating disorder.
As Dr. Sonneville uncovers the complex and nuanced relationship between weight stigma and eating disorders, she also provides practical advice and strategies for parents of children at different ages and stages. In addition, she shares ways to promote a healthy and inclusive understanding of weight and body image.
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What You’ll Learn About How Body Image and Stigma Spur Eating Disorders in Kids
- Why telling young people to change their bodies while simultaneously promoting good health is counterproductive
- How body dissatisfaction starts
- Diet culture’s impact on our relationship with food and how we feed our children
- The difference between eating disorders and disordered eating and why the latter is more prevalent
- Advocate for weight inclusivity amidst the prevalence of weight stigmatization
- The dangers of working excessively to change one’s body to address body image concerns lead to eating disorders and disordered eating
- The importance of avoiding oversimplifying and generalizing eating behaviors
- The value of granting children autonomy about meals while also providing structure
- Monitoring the messages about food and bodies children hear
- The shortcomings of the recent American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for treating obesity in children.
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