“You can’t be what you can’t see.” -Marian Wright Edelman 53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies This number increases to 78% by age 17 65% of women and girls have an eating disorder 17% of teens engage in cutting and self-injurious behavior Globally in 2014… Read More4.27.2016 / Heidi Ganahl
If your child is suffering from an eating disorder or body image issue:
- Talk. And listen. Share any changes you’ve noticed in their behavior, weight, overall health, or eating habits.
- Do your homework on the issue so you can help your child move forward In healthy ways.
- Take your child to see their doctor to discover and treat underlying medical issues.
- Take your child to see a therapist as body image issues are a complex combination of emotional, mental, and physical issues.
- Find a body image or eating disorder support group for you, and your child.
These are the facts...
Did you know that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of ANY mental illness? The average age for onset of an eating disorder is 12 years old and youth with eating disorders tend to have higher incidences of suicide attempts. Recent studies revealed that 80% of 10 year old children in America are afraid of becoming fat with 42% of girls from the 1st grade to the 3rd grade want to be thinner. 50% of teenage girls and 30% of teenage boys use unhealthy and restrictive behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives to control their weight. Overweight teens are more likely to engage in both binge-eating and unhealthy weight control with 20% of overweight girls and 6% of overweight boys reporting the use of laxatives, vomiting, diuretics, and diet pills to try to lose weight.
This past October 2015, I proudly launched Moms Fight Back — a Colorado non-profit, which is focused intently on those most difficult issues confronting our children, our families, and our neighborhoods today. For me, the impetus to create Moms Fight Back was extremely personal – it was a… Read More4.18.2016 / Heidi Ganahl
Colorado still leads the nation as the most-fit state, however, it has the fifth-highest rate of eating disorders in the country among adolescents. According to Dr. Ken Weiner with the Eating Recovery Center, “Eating disorders are not a choice. They are a mental illness” Dr. Weiner has been… Read More8.27.2015 / Heidi Ganahl