As parents, we want the best for our children. What we may not be aware of is how our own behavior and the things we say in front of our kids may make them more likely to experience disordered eating or actually develop an eating disorder.
Childhood obesity is in the spotlight these days due to the fact that about one-third of children and teens are overweight or obese. However, when we put our focus on the number on the scale, it can lead to shame, embarrassment and blaming that only exacerbates the issue. There are many things parents can do to encourage and support their children and teens to be healthy
Genetics and family eating styles play a huge role in the risk for obesity and eating disorders. However, new research shows that current lifestyle may be just as important and may be able to turn genes on or off.