#16: Why do my child’s caregivers need to present a united front around body positivity?

with Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., FAED, CEDS

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In this episode we discuss…

  • dr. muhlheim’s background and work at Eating Disorder Therapy LA

  • the definition of health at every size® and why it’s a paradigm shift from diet culture

  • normalizing how and why parents and health providers might subscribe to diet culture, and why this makes a “united front” Hard work

  • suggestions for HAES resources and finding community in resisting diet culture

  • experiences with weight stigma from pediatricians

  • a family-based therapy intervention dr. muhlheim used to address eating issues in her own family

  • weight stigma from other care providers - doctors, teachers, and extended family members

  • creating boundaries and compromising with other care providers

  • creating a household that is non-diet-focused, even while knowing you cannot prevent your child from exposure to diet culture

  • ellyn satter’s division of responsibility in family feeding

  • the fact that parents do not cause eating disorders

Psychologist Dr. Lauren Muhlheim helps us understand the Health at Every Size® paradigm and the value of building a united front against diet culture. We discuss strategies and possible challenges for uniting with pediatricians, teachers, extended family members, and other care providers in the body-positive parenting approach.

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Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., FAED, CEDS is a psychologist, certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS), and IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) - approved supervisor who provides evidence-based treatment for eating disorders in the outpatient setting. She directs Eating Disorder Therapy LA in Los Angeles and is able to provide teletherapy in California and New York. She provides cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults and family-based treatment (FBT) for adolescents and adheres to Health at Every Size® principles. She is certified in FBT by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.  

Dr. Muhlheim is the author of When your Teen Has an Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Overcome Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating, an FBT-based book for parents who are helping adolescents with eating disorders. she is active in several professional organizations and in eating disorder advocacy efforts. she is also the Eating Disorders Expert for Verywell and is Clinical Director of the Eating Disorder Information website, Mirror-Mirror Eating Disorders. She presents nationally to parents, professionals, and trainees.

Connect with Dr. Muhlheim on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Jordan Best