Eating Disorders Stopped
In a society that worships unrealistically slim bodies and beautiful people, adults and children can begin to feel inadequate when they look in the mirror. Is it any wonder that 30 million men and women, during their lifetimes, suffer from clinically significant eating disorders in the United States? Yes, a full 1/3 of these are men according to national statistics. It is even more disturbing for many parents to see their own child wasting away.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) claims that by age 6, girls in particular begin to be concerned about their weight and shape. They compare themselves to other girls and the images they see on TV. NEDA goes on further to say that as many as “40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat.” This concern continues throughout their lives (Smolak, 2011).
Parents Set Examples
As a parent, you are doing yourself and your child a favor by changing to a Whole-Foods Plant-Based way of eating (WFPB) sooner rather than later. Although the word “vegan” tends to be used, it is not the ideal term. A vegan diet can be unhealthy and not sustainable. This is primarily due to the fact that you could eat junk food like potato chips, candy and Oreo cookies and call yourself a “vegan”. WFPB is essentially a VERY healthy vegan way of eating.
Heading off eating disorders at the onset can be very effective. Eating this way allows you and your child to eat until full and maintain a healthy weight and reduce excess fat from your bodies. I hesitate to say it is magic, but it has been for me and others. My husband, Gary Kaake, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist. He has worked with eating disordered patients and years ago worked in an eating disorders clinic. He admits that once an eating disorder is well underway, it is difficult to reverse.
As a young girl, I could have easily developed an eating disorder. Instead, I wasted years and years of my life fretting about my weight. I bounced from one diet to another. I was prescribed both prescription and over-the-counter diet pills over the years. I lost and gained back my own weight many times. I only wish I had known early in my life how eating this way could make it easy to maintain a healthy weight, increase my energy level and, at the same time, improve my own body image and self-esteem. For more information about our journey to health, go to our About Us page.
Help your child by setting a good example for optimum health, both mental and physical by beginning and/or encouraging a whole-foods plant-based way of eating. Eating disorders are cries for help. Those with eating disorders are desperate and do not know or rarely realize that there is an alternative.
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