#35: Why does mindfulness matter in body-positivity?

with Andrea Wachter, LMFT

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In this episode we discuss…

  • Andrea’s own history with an eating disorder and how it led her to work in eating disorder prevention and recovery

  • the “negative body image epidemic” that leads to massive amounts of time lost to food and body obsession

  • how it’s more common than not to feel uncomfortable in your body

  • how andrea teaches mindfulness in kid-friendly language in her children’s book

  • how parents can help children treat and talk to themselves with kindness

  • why “feeling fat” is like a spell that takes away children’s joy

  • why people are more drawn to getting help for “overeating” even though they may also struggle with restricting food and accepting their bodies

  • the role of feelings and thoughts in poor body image — and how to help teens use mindfulness to address this

  • examples of how parents can take this information and put it into practice with teens

  • using the language your teen is using to describe what they’re struggling with

  • the importance of parents working on their own relationship with food and body image

  • andrea’s recommendations for meditation resources

  • andrea’s answer to the million dollar question

Therapist and author Andrea Wachter joins us to discuss how parents can use mindfulness to help kids of all ages who are struggling with poor body image or their relationship with food.

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Andrea Wachter is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of Getting Over Overeating for Teens. She is also co-author of Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the “I Feel Fat” Spell and The Don’t Diet, Live-It WorkbookAndrea is an inspirational counselor, author and speaker who uses professional expertise, humor and personal recovery to help others.

Connect with Andrea on her website, read her HuffPost blog posts, check out her online courses, and meditate with her on Insight Timer.

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