Distracted Driving: What Parents Need to Know

It Isn’t Just Our Teenagers Distracted driving is everywhere in our society and it isn’t just our teenagers who are failing to give their full attention to the road while they are behind the wheel.  It is very likely that if you drove a car at any point in the last 24 hours, you did… Continue reading Distracted Driving: What Parents Need to Know

Eating Disorder Awareness: Binge Eating

Many people may only associate bingeing with bulimia but there is a new eating disorder recently accepted for inclusion in the DSM V that relates specifically to people who only experience the bingeing side of bulimia.  The new disorder, called Binge Eating Disorder (BED), is more common that anorexia or bulimia and affects about 5… Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness: Binge Eating

Healthy Body Image Tips for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

These tips are adapted from Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby (HCI Books) by Claire Mysko and Magali Amadei Take weight out of the equation. This might seem like a radical suggestion considering that pregnancy weight gain and post-baby weight loss are such… Continue reading Healthy Body Image Tips for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

A Coaches Guide to Eating Disorders

By Roberta Trattner Sherman, PhD, FAED Sport participation can be a very positive experience for an individual in that it can aid in developing self-esteem, a sense of competence, and physical conditioning, in addition to providing opportunities for healthy competition. At the same time, there are aspects of the sport environment that can increase a… Continue reading A Coaches Guide to Eating Disorders

5 Ways to Help Girls Resist the Pressure to be Perfect

These tips are adapted from You’re Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self by Claire Mysko (Adams Media) Girls today are told they can do anything. Unfortunately, the message they’re often getting is that they have to do everything–and please everyone while they’re at it. All this pressure is adding up to big… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help Girls Resist the Pressure to be Perfect

Can You Tell Anything at All by a Person’s Weight?

By Deb Burgard, PhD If you have grown up in this culture, you probably associate quite a few things with fatness and quite a few of the opposite traits with thinness. Almost every audience comes up with the same lists: Fat: Lazy Depressed Sick Out of control Loser Bad Thin: Productive Confident Healthy Disciplined Sexy… Continue reading Can You Tell Anything at All by a Person’s Weight?

Eating Disorder Awareness: Bulimia

The pressure to be thin in order to fit in is more extreme for today’s teenagers than it was for their parents and grandparents, often resulting in the development of eating disorder and the need for teen counseling.  The obsession with weight that so often contributes to the development of eating disorders like bulimia is… Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness: Bulimia

Eating Disorder Awareness: Anorexia Nervosa

It’s no secret that eating disorders are a real and pressing problem for today’s teenagers.  According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), there are more than 24 million Americans with eating disorders and only 1 out of every 10 of those people will receive any treatment.  ANAD indicates that more than… Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness: Anorexia Nervosa

The Truth about Teenagers and Texting

The question for parents used to be, “do you know where your children are?”  Now, that question may be changing to “do you know where your child’s cell phone is?”  Research on teens and texting seems to support growing concerns amongst members of the medical and mental health community that there may be a price… Continue reading The Truth about Teenagers and Texting

The Effect of Media on our Teens

More than ever before, the media is all around us.  We experience it on our TVs, on our computers, on our smart phones, in our newspapers, and on the radio.  It is our primary medium for both communication and entertainment.  For teens, this is even truer.  The majority of their lives, including a significant portion… Continue reading The Effect of Media on our Teens

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