How parents can build self-esteem and recognize when kids need help
How parents can build self-esteem and recognize when kids need help  
Eating disorders are much more common than we realize. Adolescents and young adults often hide them — until they can’t — and you can do a lot of dangerous bingeing and purging without being conspicuously thin. An estimated 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder, and millions more will experience food and body image issues.
This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, an excellent reason to focus on how important a healthy body image is for mental as well as physical health. That’s why on this week we are rounding up our best resources on eating disorders and self-esteem. Kids get a lot of unhealthy messages from pop culture, social media and their peers, but the good news is that parents can play a big role in counteracting those messages and raising kids who are confident and happy in themselves.
Rachel Ehmke, Managing Editor |

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