Your teen wants to get in shape this summer? What to say and when to worry

Great article by Oona Hanson, Educator and Parent Coach, on what to say and what to do when kids says they want to “get fit.” We are honored to be able to contribute and raise awareness to such an important topic.  

With March Madness comes the pressure to play your best game. Wendy joined KTVU to what it takes to fuel the body to reach peak performance, negative effects of the pressure to perform at a certain weight, consequences of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports and more!

Wendy joins her two co-authors Signe Darpinian, LMFT, CED-S and Dr. Shelley Aggarwal to talk about their newly released book Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image on Signe’s podcast Therapy Rocks. They talk about the importance of taking the morality out of movement, morality attached to weight, and how it seeps into medical care, what sleep has to do with sport performance and Shelley gets up close and personal as she reflects on the writing process for this book as a first generation immigrant who grew up in a taller/larger body. Listen to podcast.

In this episode Wendy talked with hosts Nikki Young & Alyssa Najera, along with her co-authors Signe Darpian, LMFT, CEDS,  and Shelley Aggarwaal, MD about: 

* How to navigate conversations with your child around #media and #bodyimage
* Common myths about #food, #eating, and #weight
* How our bodies are impacted by #stress
* The role of #sleep, #movement, and food in #sportsperformance

Wendy joined Connor Derrickson on his podcast, “Asking Better Questions.” This episode discusses diet culture, the rise of eating disorders, the “nuance of language,” Health at Every Size®, and The Plate by Plate Approach ®.

The  Modesto Bee includes our book “No Weigh!” as a resource for those struggling during the pandemic. Great interview by my co-author Signe Darpinian, LMFT, CEDS-S @noweighguide who shared her wisdom for managing #emotionaleating. She advises people to “press the pause button and create a space between you and the food.” As eating disorders rise, patients, parents, coaches, trainers, clinicians have to be on the lookout for disordered symptoms (more about this in bio). Probably one of the most important thing to know about eating disorders is that they can occur in anyone. There is no one “look.” They affect people in all sized bodies, of all ages, genders, ethnicities etc.

“One of my biggest pet peeves, is when an athlete forgets to fuel up before after-school sports,” says Wendy Sterling, a registered dietitian and team nutritionist for the Oakland Athletics. “Kids may eat lunch at 11:30 and then not eat again until after sports are over at 6 p.m.,” notes Sterling, who is also the co-author of “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food” and “No Weigh!: A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom.” “Missing this critical after school pre-workout opportunity leads to tired, sluggish athletes on the field who often can’t get through practice – and if they do get through practice, it’s likely on fumes,” she says.

Eating disorders in children are probably one of the scariest things that can develop around food. As a parent, it’s important to learn the signs of an eating disorder so we can catch it early. It can sometimes be hard to detect if our child is eating abnormally, especially if they are older and spend more time and meals away from home. Wendy and Casey join dietitian Jill Castle on her podcast, the Nourished Child.

Wendy Sterling & Casey Crosbie  share on PHIT for a Queen “How the Plate Method helps bring back the fun and enjoyment to eating and takes away the exactness. “

Casey Crosbie RD, CSSD, and Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S, and join host Kathy Cortese in a Part 2, of this 2 part episode series to discuss the Plate-by-Plate Approach.

Casey Crosbie RD, CSSD, and Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S, and join host Kathy Cortese in a Part 1, of this 2 part episode series to discuss the Plate-by-Plate Approach.

Signe Darpinian and Wendy Sterling discuss their book “No Weigh” on KTVU Fox 2  with anchor Gasia Mikaelian.

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