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Does your Daughter Need Help with her Relationship with Food and Body Image?

Some of the most common eating challenges of our times – weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, restricting, calorie counting and more, are experienced by young women. In this article there are important questions that will help determine if your daughter needs help.

Lately, I have been working with a handful of girls (aged 17-25) who have needed my support either because they have reached out on their own or their mothers who are my existing clients have asked that I help. It brings me back to a time, many years ago when I worked with young girls to inspire a healthy body image and relationship with food and now I find myself doing this work again which is incredibly fulfilling and profoundly important.

Some important questions:

  • Does your daughter have anxiety or depression?
  • Do you notice she emotionally eats, stress eats or binge eats?
  • Does she restrict food, weigh herself frequently or count calories?
  • Does she comment on her weight, how her body looks and how her clothes fit?
  • Has her self-talk become negative?
  • Do you notice her looking at her body in the mirror more frequently?
  • Is she getting persuaded by tik tok and other social media influencers on how or what to eat?
  • Has she declared she no longer wants to eat meat and become a vegetarian or vegan?
  • Was she an athlete in her younger years and now that she has left her sport or activity is her body changing?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, I can help.

Age 17-25 can be a very sensitive and pivotal time for young women with their relationship with food, their body and themselves. Many are ready to leave home, go to University or travel and for the very first time, be on their own. It is a pivotal time in their life and as their lives, identities and values are changing, so too can their relationship with food and their body.

(Please note food and body image issues are not limited to only this age group, in fact 12-25 is the most common time when a girl can experience these challenges as well as eating disorders).

Some of the most common eating challenges of our times – weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, and various nutrition related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, immunity, mood and much more are experienced by young women in this phase and stage of their lives.

This is a perfect time to educate and inspire our young women to eat well and form a strong nutrition foundation to prevent nutrient deficiencies, balance their hormones and give them the energy to feel their best so they can focus on studies, handle stress well and keep their moods and emotions more poised. It is an important time to explore the areas in their lives that are creating stress or unhappiness for them that could be triggering unwanted eating behaviors, food and body image challenges.

But hearing it from their mother is not always effective, as I am sure you know! Seeking support and guidance from a professional, like myself can be an incredibly helpful strategy. As an Eating Psychology Coach, my approach is positive and empowering. I don’t see your daughter’s eating challenges merely as a sign that “something is wrong with her” – but as a place where we can more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight, body image and health. Oftentimes, our daughter's eating challenges are connected to school, relationships, family, friends, life stress, social media pressure and so much more. By working on the places that are most relevant for your daughter, success is more easily achieved. As an Eating Psychology Coach, I will support her with coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable, sustainable, and that yield results.

If you feel like your daughter could use some guidance, please share this message with her. Please let her know that there is someone she can talk to, openly, honestly and who understands what she is experiencing. Most importantly, it is important that she knows there is nothing wrong with her. These feelings, behaviors, patterns and conflictions within her are doorways that lead to exploration. They are here to teach her, and help her to grow more fully into who she is and aspires to be.  

I offer 20 minute complimentary discovery phone calls, so if you are reading this and you would like to speak with me or if your daughter would like to join you or speak to me on her own, to learn more, please get in touch. I am here to help. It is my mission to inspire, educate and guide your daughter to create a beautiful and joyous relationship with food, her body and herself.

Yours in health & vitality,

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