Introducing our

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. We also know that you live in a busy world. Learning what to say is a journey. You’re not always going to get it right. All you can do is our best to incorporate these new ideas into your life, listen to yourself and adjust as you go until you find the words and actions that you believe and want the children in your life to take with them.

That’s why we’re excited to bring you the What to Say Q&A Series.

This brand-new series, which will debuted in March 2021, 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, answering your questions like:

  • What do I do when my child keeps asking for popsicles for breakfast?

  • I don’t want my child to have the same struggles with food and body that I did. What can I do differently?

  • My mother is always talking about calories in front of my kids. How can I have a conversation with her asking her to stop?

  • How can I encourage my child to eat “healthier” foods without labeling them?

  • Can kids really be trusted to eat balanced and intuitively? What is my role in helping them make food choices?

Each month, we’ll choose a few of your questions to answer in short Q&A videos or blog posts. We’ll provide practical tips & advice to address your real situations and help you live out the pledge in your daily lives.

Have a question you want answered? Get started by filling out the form below!

Catch up on the Q&A Series!

How can I support my child who has special dietary restrictions due to food allergies or other medical issues?

September 20th, 2021|

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?

July 19th, 2021|

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?

June 14th, 2021|

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)

  • May 2021 Q&A: Jaalisa Banks shares how to teach kids to love and appreciate their unique bodies.

How can adults show kids how to love/appreciate the body we each live in?

May 17th, 2021|

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?

April 19th, 2021|

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”?

March 15th, 2021|

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

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FAQ

What is the purpose of the Q&A Series?

The purpose of this Q&A Series is to explore the real-life situations you face when it comes to conversations about food and body with kids. We’ll provide simple, actionable tips to help you with everyday situations you may encounter with the kids you love and adults who care about them. Although this series may help provide ideas for living out the pledge in your daily life, it cannot account for your child’s unique situation. If you are struggling to provide support for a child you care about, we recommend reaching out to a primary care provider or other professional who can address your specific, unique needs.

I submitted a question. When can I expect to see it answered?

Unfortunately, we get many questions from What to Say Hub members each month and cannot guarantee when or if your question will be answered. We will do our best to get to as many questions as possible, but may need to group similar questions together or postpone answering questions until we can engage an expert who can appropriately address your concern.

I have an urgent question I need answered. Can I indicate on my form that I need immediate help?

Recommendations and advice featured in our What to Say Q&A Series is not a substitute for professional medical care. If you have immediate concerns that need to be addressed, consult the child’s primary care provider or other professional. If you are having an emergency, please go to the nearest hospital or call your country’s emergency number.

I have a recommendation for someone you should feature in your series – OR – I’d like to be featured in your series. Who should I contact?

That’s great! We love connecting with others who can help us advance our work and provide practical tips and advice. If you or someone you know would be great at providing this advice, please submit them via this form or reach out to us directly at hello@withall.org.