We are so excited to share the release of our new book Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image, co-written by adolescent health experts Signe Darpinian, LMFT, CEDS (#therapist), Shelley Aggarwal, MD (#adolescent and young adult medicine physician) , and Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRDS (#dietitian).
After our first collaboration, No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food and Emotional Wisdom in 2018, we were inundated with requests for a #parent version of our teen book. We hope that this book will become a resource for #parents, #guardians, and all those who have a beloved #teen in their life in building or rebuilding an enduring and joyful relationship with food and body.
Dr. Shelley Aggarwal
“My parents remained committed to our East Indian Culture which inspired rich and complicated experiences of food and body, particularly as they relate to standards of what is ‘normal’ and ‘acceptable.’ These experiences and years of medical training have led to broadening the conversation about what it means to be ‘healthy,’ deprogramming messages around ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food, and normalizing approaches towards wellbeing that are aligned with one’s needs.”
Signe Darpinian @noweighguide:
“We, as parents, hold a lot of power to influence our kids. It’s something I’ve seen first-hand with my #daughter. She’s not listening to what I say about food. She’s watching what I’m doing with my own food. She’s watching how I respond to my own body in the mirror, what I say about my body, what I say about other people’s bodies, what I say about the shows we’re watching, and she’s taking it all in.”
Wendy Sterling @wendy_sterling:
“Kids hear confusing messages about food and #exercise from such an early age. Eat less! Burn off your holiday food! Diet messages tell kids that something is wrong with their bodies, increase #bodyshame and teach them to fear foods. It also quickly takes the joy and fun out of #movement. I hope to help caregivers raise confident eaters, in a home that is free of judgment, and free of harmful messages about nutrition.”