Healthy Eating or Disordered Eating in Teens?


We get a lot of questions from our participants at Green Mountain at Fox Run about how to help their children avoid eating and weight problems. It’s a good question. “Since the 1980s, disordered eating has become so common that it affects the majority of adolescent girls,” according to Marcia Herrin, EdD, an eating disorders specialist who has updated her book The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating & Positive Body Image at Home. It’s affecting boys much more commonly, too.

As someone who struggled with disordered eating and eating disorders earlier in my life, I was intent on making sure my two children (girl and boy) didn’t follow in my footsteps. I don’t think they have, but it’s been a challenge even with my professional understanding to help them develop healthy attitudes about food, exercise, their weights, their appearance. Our society is just too distorted about these subjects.

I found Marcia’s book a good review of how to help our children avoid, or recover from, disordered eating and eating disorders. It’s not easy to keep them healthy on this subject…but it’s well worth the effort.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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