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How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder:
A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food
by Casey Crosbie and Wendy Sterling
A revolutionary approach—rooted in nutrition—for parents desperate to help their child get through an eating disorder and eat normally again
Parents of kids who are struggling with an eating disorder (ED)—including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and many more that go undiagnosed—quickly find themselves at a loss as to how to feed their child and ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition. Now, registered dietitians Casey Crosbie and Wendy Sterling present their innovative and easy-to-implement visual approach that demonstrates balanced meals with the optimal ratio of nutrients—designed to set kids and teens on a path toward permanent recovery.
The“Plate-by-Plate Approach®” is rooted in the leading psychological approach to ED, family-based treatment (FBT), which enables parents to treat their child at home rather than send them to an expensive in-patient program. Paired with therapy, this essential guide covers everything parents need to know about nutrition, plus the warning signs and potential health risks, how to talk about weight changes and set goals for treatment, and how to incorporate structure at mealtimes. **Foreword by James Lock, MD, PhD, Director, Eating Disorder Program, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Neville H. Golden, MD, Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, The Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine. Their approach, the“Plate-by-Plate Approach,” was published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, in an article entitled, “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.” Follow Wendy and Casey’s page on instagram for tips of building good plates, encouragement and support @platebyplateapproach and purchase your copy of How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder today!
This workbook has everything teens need to achieve connected eating, body positivity and balanced exercise. It will help them stay well informed about how bodies change emotionally and physically, and why good nutrition is critical for growth and development. It debunks any myths about diets and ‘forbidden’ foods and also gives you the tools and strategies to avoid potential triggers of disordered eating.
No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom is written by a therapist, an Adolescent Medicine doctor, and Wendy as the dietitian. The foreword was written by Connie Sobczak, co-founder of The Body Positive. This book will help teens develop a lifelong healthy relationship with your food. We eat every day, so why not eat with pleasure, joy and happiness? Purchase your copy of “No Weigh!” today!
Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Approved Supervisor through the International Eating Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in the Bay Area in California. She specializes in sports nutrition, eating disorders, and utilizes a non-diet, Health at Every Size® approach in her practice. Wendy maintains a private practice in Menlo Park and Los Altos, California. She is also conducting sessions virtually, seeing clients nationally in these states (more here).
Wendy is a co-author of “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Reestablishing a Healthy Relationship with Food.” She and her co-author Casey Crosbie, RD, CEDRDS created the innovative approach to refeeding called the “Plate-by-Plate Approach®,” a no-numbers, visual approach, which has been featured in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics. For downloadable handouts using this approach, visit The “Plate-by-Plate Approach® Web Site. For support and encouragement on building good plates , follow on instagram: @platebyplateapproach and @wendy_sterling!
Wendy is also the co-author of, “No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom,” a book co-written by an adolescent doctor, therapist, and herself as the dietitian for teens about their changing bodies, hormones, emotions, and tips for improving sleep, body image, and their relationship with food. Her forthcoming book, “Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image,” publishes March 2022.
Wendy has been the Team Nutritionist of the Oakland Athletics since 2016. She has consulted for the Golden State Warriors, New York Jets (2006-2013), NY Islanders, and Hofstra University’s Women’s Lacrosse and Volleyball teams, where she worked directly with players to improve endurance, speed and explosiveness. For more about her work, click here.
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