What to Say Q&A Series
As an adult who cares deeply about the children in your life, we know that you are doing your best to protect their physical and mental health by stopping diet & weight talk. This series provides answers to your everyday questions about supporting the health of kids through food and body. Engaging voices you can trust, WithAll gives you access to expert and relevant guidance and practical steps for supporting your kids health.
How can I support my child who has special dietary restrictions due to food allergies or other medical issues?
It makes sense that as a parent, you'd be concerned about this. People who have reason to pay special attention to their diet are at an elevated risk of developing an eating disorder. Normalizing the things you need to do to manage the illness is a key strategy for success. Be clear, transparent, and help your child see this is just something they have to do to manage their health. Keep a watchful eye, as you likely would anyways. If the child seems to be struggling, or you see them create food rules that don't "fit" their illness, it's
How can adults support boys who are struggling with body image?
Dr. Jason Nagata shares why it's important to understand that boys struggle with body image just like girls, though sometimes it looks different. Dr. Nagata shares several red flags to look for in boys who might be struggling with body image. You can learn more signs to look for here. Based on Dr. Nagata's advice, here's some additional tips you can implement right away if you, like Mike, want to know what to say to strengthen the body image of a young man in your life: Avoid commenting on his size or muscle mass. Be mindful you should also
My daughter struggles with body image, what do I do?
Body image concerns are unfortunately very typical for girls. It is not a reflection of things going on at home or any one parent. (1:16) The pandemic has also exacerbated this issue for many. (1:41) Avoid making appearance-related comments. Make it clear to your kids that you value them for more than just how they look. (2:08) Help kids focus on what their bodies can do and how their bodies allow them to live their lives. (4:00) Talk to kids about social media. Encourage them to follow accounts that support their development, not just friends, celebrities, and influencers. (4:46)
How can adults show kids how to love/appreciate the body we each live in?
How can adults show kids how to love/appreciate the body we each live in? This month we are addressing a question from a mom, we’ll call her Samantha. Sam wants to role model and teach her kids to love and appreciate their body. For Sam, this is sometimes difficult, especially on days when she isn’t loving her own body. Jaalisa Banks shares the following tips for fellow parents and other adults who want to teach kids to love their own bodies, even on days when you don't necessarily love your own body. Even when you think kids
Should we tell kids to gain or lose weight for health?
What to ask your doctor if they recommend weight loss or gain (1:11). Changes in weight during childhood are normal (1:30). Tips for encouraging movement without focusing on weight (2:03) Tips for encouraging eating habits without focusing on weight (3:30) Did you enjoy this video? Catch up on the whole series here! Learn more about the series QUESTION: This month we are addressing a question from a dad, we’ll call him Bob. At a recent doctor’s appointment, Bob’s doctor noted that his son’s weight was above average and suggested that Bob help his son
Can I really trust my kid to eat “healthy”?
Can I really trust my kid to eat "healthy"? As adults, our role is to choose what foods are offered and when and where they are provided. As children, their role (which we can trust them to do) is to decide how much to eat, whether they will eat it and in what order they will eat it. Practical ways to handle meal and snack times from a parent like you. (Spoiler alert: no one gets this “exactly right.” It’s about doing the best you can & being flexible along the way). Learn