Teen Eating Disorders

Teen GirlFebruary 22-28, 2015 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which is perfect timing since we tend to see a surge of new eating disorder diagnoses after the holidays (and during summer…and fall…). I’m often asked, “Are eating disorders more common now than they were years ago?” If the number of consults I’m seeing is any indication, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” However, I am biased, so let’s look at the data.

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When Your Kid is the Bully

ss_143974720_sad_boyWe hear a lot about bullying these days.  Unfortunately, it is ubiquitous in our children’s realm. We all hope that parents and children are learning how to become aware of it, help prevent it, and help bullying victims.

But what do you do when you find out that your child is the bully?

There are some good resources for parents who find themselves in this very awkward position. In addition to these tips, I encourage you to seek your own resources that are specific for your situation.

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A Parent’s Guide to Your Child’s BMI

ss_249964150_boy_chart_heightAt Well Child visits, your pediatrician may show you a growth chart with your child’s BMI – or body mass index – plotted on a graph. It’s essentially a measurement to see whether a child’s height and weight are in proportion compared to kids of the same gender and age. In other words, if a child measures in the 60th percentile, that means 60 percent of kids of the same age and gender had the same or lower BMI. Kids who measure in the 85th percentile or above are considered overweight, while the 95th percentile and above are obese. But what should parents keep in mind when thinking about the numbers?

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