Elizabeth Katz Special to the Jewish News Natalie, a high school senior who lives in Oakland County, says she wasn’t led to a fixation on food and looking thin by influence from the celebrity culture. She said it was triggered in part by being on social media and seeing peers who looked thin and seemed…Read More
Three essays by local Jewish teens dealing with mental illness. ‘Everything Was Falling Apart’ I came home from school that day extremely overwhelmed. I was constantly worrying about everything under the sun, and I didn’t really understand how to control it. I felt as if everything was falling apart. I put so much pressure on…Read More
As parents, we walk a tightrope every day striving to raise happy, healthy well-adjusted children. We teach them to be friendly, but not to talk to strangers. We encourage them to make friends, but not to fit in at any cost, and we cheer their interests — as long as they fit into the budget and carpool schedule.
When it comes to feeding our children, similar issues present themselves that make proper nutrition somewhat of a conundrum. We want them to be healthy and maintain a normal weight, but not to develop an eating disorder.
In my practice, I constantly hear the same vocabulary used to describe kids’ palates: “He’s so picky.” “She’s a sugar addict.” “He won’t eat that.” At some point, this narrative begins to define our kids. When they hear over and over again that “they’re a sugar-bug,” they begin to believe it.