Navigation Links
Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld Offers Tips on How to Raise a Child who has Body Confidence and a Healthy Relationship with Food
Date:5/18/2010

Counting calories may lead your child to disordered eating -- from obesity to anorexia, says specialist Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

New York, NY (Vocus) -- With the incidence of disordered eating continuing to rise among children, being a psychologically savvy parent can help significantly decrease chances that kids will develop an eating disorder or have a poor body image, says New York City-based psychologist and eating disorder specialist Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld. Disordered eating --whether obesity, anorexia, or other forms -- can be prevented in many cases if parents look at their own bodies differently.

“While eating disorders have genetic components and are influenced by peer groups and media exposure, there are concrete ways that parents can help promote healthy eating and a positive body image for their children. Kids are very smart and they pick up on their parents’ relationship with their own bodies and with food.” Dr. Rosenfeld explains.

Parents may not even realize that when they themselves count calories or nonchalantly criticize their own body -- or someone else’s -- that they may be sending cues to their child which can have long-term and serious repercussions. “Children need to feel confident about themselves and their bodies -- no matter what shape or size they are -- in order to have a healthy lifelong relationship with food. This starts with modeling their parents and seeing a positive body image and security in one’s own skin,” Dr. Rosenfeld says.

Dr. Rosenfeld’s advice for parents:

 
  • Do not count calories or talk about dieting in front of your children.
  • Throw out your scale and stop weighing yourself. Your child sees everything you do and seeing you weigh yourself has a significant impact on their perception of weight and body.
  • Limit your child’s access to television, magazines, and other places where unrealistic images of how people should look, are often presented.
  • Talk about food with regard to how it can nourish your body, rather than its effects on weight. Focus on health, not on calories, fats, or carbohydrates.
  • Do not judge or criticize your body -- or anyone else’s body -- in front of your kids. Never use the word “fat” or “thin” about anyone. Never even glance in the mirror in a critical way at yourself.
  • Encourage physical activity for the sake of health, rather than weight control.
  • Focus on all of your child’s strengths outside of their body, and make it a point to tell them how beautiful he or she is.
  • Focus on the physical strengths of your children, yourself, and of other role models so that kids can learn how to put more emphasis on what their bodies can do, rather than how they look.
  • Children should not be deprived of food. Everything in moderation is better than deprivation and then a binge when their parents are not around.

When parents focus more on moving their bodies rather than on counting calories, they are less likely to raise children who are obese or have other eating disorders and body image issues. Parents should encourage children to participate in daily physical activities that they enjoy, and get moving as a family.

If parents recognize that they have an unhealthy relationship with food, they should seek professional help for themselves. This will ultimately help their children. For more about body acceptance, click here.

Dr. Rosenfeld is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in NYC. She is affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center and is the Chief Psychologist for the NYC Triathlon. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, addictions, anxiety/depression, and sports psychology, and is also a certified personal trainer. Dr. Rosenfeld has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets including: The Today Show, Dr. Oz, ABC News, Runner’s World, The New York Times, msn.com, Fitness, In Touch, Life & Style, Woman’s Day, and more. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.staceyrosenfeld.com. Check out Dr. Rosenfeld’s blog.    
        
Media Contact: Rodi Rosensweig, 203/270-8929

# # #

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/children_parenting/eating_disorder/prweb4017764.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2010 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. John Theurer Cancer Center offers breakthrough radiation measurement technology
2. MovieHatch.com Offers Fame on Massive Times Square Billboard; New Contest Puts Winner's Face in Lights in Heart of Broadway
3. Attain Fertility Offers 3 Steps to Protect Emotional Well-being While Trying to Get Pregnant
4. Massage Envy Offers Relief for Fibromyalgia Sufferers
5. New Menopause Supplement – Estrofil from BIOTX Limited – Offers All-Natural Relief from Menopausal Symptoms and Money-Back Guarantee
6. Culver City Dentist, Dr. Eftekhari, Offers Special Promotion for Welcome Dental Exam
7. Raleigh Surgeon Offers Deep Savings on LASIK and PRK as a Thank You to Military, Police and Fire Personnel
8. Miami's Medical Equipment Solutions Now Offers Electric Power Wheelchair
9. Dynowatt Offers Facebook Fans a Chance to See the Rangers and Astros Play for Texas Bragging Rights
10. PAPYRUS Offers Complimentary Recipes for Life Cards to Celebrate Mother's Day
11. Carol Fenster Offers Tips for Gluten-Free Cooking with Sorghum: May is National Celiac Awareness Month
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn ... specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand ... all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... the pursuit of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high ... low, risk more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... International Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant ... of the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the ... Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families ... to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners is pleased to announce the ... as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at HTG Molecular . ... team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system and associated reagents in North ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016   Bay Area Lyme Foundation ... Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness , Harvard ... MIT Hacking Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and ... the five finalists of Lyme Innovation , ... than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016  American Respiratory ... testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments in ... Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients are no longer ... to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne R. ... testing done in the comfort of her own home. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, ... less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, ... funding.  The Series-A funding is led by Innova ... Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, new financing ... instrumentation and the market release of its in-licensed ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: