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Guidelines for Parents of Dieting Daughters

Note: Not all guidelines will be appropriate for your daughter, but use them as a place to begin, discussing them with a professional to tailor them to your situation.

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Signs of Compulsive Exercise

• You judge a day as “good” or “bad” based on how much you exercised. • You base your self-worth on how much you exercise

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Weighing

Weighing yourself is detrimental for the recovery process of any eating disorder. In surveys of recovered clients, they report that not weighing was one of the most important aspects to their success.

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Name It To Tame It

People with eating disorders are often confused about or out of touch with what they are feeling.

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“Feeling Fat” – Is It Really a Feeling?

Feeling fat is something that plagues people with eating disorders and soon becomes a trigger for all kinds of feelings and behaviors.

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Distraction

Distraction is a very useful coping skill. People often confuse distraction with avoidance, but when you use distraction skills your intention is to distract yourself only until you are in a calmer, more rational state of mind.

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Definition of Being Recovered from an Eating Disorder

If we could teach all humans right from the beginning what it takes to live their lives according to my definition of being “recovered,” they would not develop body image or eating problems in the first place:

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Positive Antidotes to Protect Against the Cultural Pressure to be Thin

There are a variety of things you can do to provide antidotes to the current cultural climate that will help facilitate a young girl or boy developing a healthy attachment, self-esteem and relationship with her/his body. The list that follows will give you ideas for things you can do to help ensure you are creating a positive relationship with body image and food:

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Phases of Recovery from an Eating Disorder

You will likely go through certain phases of awareness in relation to your eating disorder. If you are like some of our clients, you might have had an eating disorder before you even realized it. Once you became aware of the disorder, you might have gone on for some time before sharing this awareness with others.

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