10 Principles for Raising Food & Body Confident Children (instant download)

10 Principles for Raising Food & Body Confident Children (instant download)

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An instant download link for an easy-to-read infographic. Hang this on your fridge and share it with your child’s caregivers. Keep it handy so you can reference it often!

A basic introduction to cultivating an Intuitive Eating and Positive Body Image environment for children. This tool is meant as a guiding resource for parents and caregivers. If you would like additional support please check out A Deeper Dive.

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What is Intuitive Eating?

Intuitive Eating is a research-based, non-diet approach to wellness that encourages an individual to use internal body cues to decide what, when, and how much to eat. Intuitive eating facilitates a healthy and happy relationship with food!

What is Food & Body Confidence?

Food and body confidence is a state of well-being that embraces and celebrates all food and body types. It means freedom from diet culture, food rules, and singular body type idolization.

What does it mean to raise children as intuitive eaters?

We are all born intuitive eaters! Diet culture and beauty industry standards have transformed our relationships with food and body. By raising an intuitive eater, you are simply encouraging your child’s natural relationship with food, and equipping your child with the tools to be resilient to the negative diet messaging that they will inevitably face.

Will my child loose weight with Intuitive Eating?

No one can say for sure if a person will lose or gain weight by adopting Intuitive Eating. However it is crucial to understand that weight is not synonymous or indicative of health, and Intuitive Eating is a focus on health and wellbeing.

Have you been trained in Intuitive Eating?

Yes! I am currently in process of receiving my certification!

Why does this matter?

  • The diet industry is a $66 billion industry that continues to grow, and yet provides no lasting solutions all while wreaking havoc on our relationships with food/body.

  • Weight cycling (chronic dieting) slows metabolism. (5)

  • 80% of 10 year olds report having thought about or participated in a diet.

  • 95% of diets fail and most regain all or MORE of the weight they lost with negative health affects.

  • 75% of females endorse unhealthy thoughts or behaviors around food.

  • 35% of occasional dieters progress into diagnosed disordered eating.

  • At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.

  • 40% of newly diagnosed anorexia cases are girls between the ages of 15-19.

  • For females between 15 – 24 who suffer from anorexia, the mortality rate associated with the illness is 12x higher than the death rate of ALL other causes of death. 

  • We are over 2x more likely to die of loneliness than obesity*. (3)

  • We are fat-phobic and obsessed with weight loss, but there is not a single study that points to dieting as a successful tool for sustained weight-loss, and weight cycling can have negative effects on health. (4)

  • Despite popular belief, weight is not indicative of health. And large bodies individuals can actually have longer life expectancies.

  • One study found that, in contrast to rigid dietary control, intuitive eating uniquely and consistently predicted lower levels of disordered eating and body image concerns. (1)

  • The evaluation of this HAES intervention (Intuitive Eating) in a real-life context showed its effectiveness in improving eating-, weight-, and psychological-related variables among women struggling with weight and body image. (2)

  • Article: New wellness approach that focuses on mindfulness and intuitive eating is more effective than traditional weight-loss programs (link)

    *Obesity is not a disease

(Please note: Genetics, environmental factors, and personality traits all combine to create risk for an eating disorder)

Sources

(1) Linardon J, Mitchell S. (2017). Rigid dietary control, flexible dietary control, and intuitive eating: Evidence for their differential relationship to disordered eating and body image concerns. Eat Behav. 26:16-22.

(2) Bégin C, Carbonneau E, Gagnon-Girouard MP, Mongeau L, Paquette MC, Turcotte M, Provencher V (2018.). Eating-Related and Psychological Outcomes of Health at Every Size Intervention in Health and Social Services Centers Across the Province of Québec. Am J Health Promot. 2018 Jan 1:890117118786326. doi: 10.1177/0890117118786326

(3) Tiwari, Chandra S (2013). Loneliness: A disease? Full source link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3890922/

(4) STROHACKER, KELLEY, CARPENTER, KATIE C. and MCFARLIN, BRIAN K. (2009). Consequences of Weight Cycling: An Increase in Disease Risk? Full source link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4241770/

(5) Tapan Mehta, Ph.D,1 Daniel L Smith, Jr., PhD,2 Josh Muhammad, MEng,2 and  Krista Casazza, PhD, RD2 (2014). Impact of weight cycling on risk of morbidity and mortality. Full source link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4205264/

For eating disorder statistics click here.

For a comprehensive list of studies based on Intuitive Eating click here.