Adolescence and pre-adolescence is a time when the body goes through many changes. It’s a normal part of development for young people to become more aware of their body and compare themselves to others and therefore, it’s important that the tween and teen years lay the foundation for good physical and mental health. Tomorrow, International SOS Beijing Clinic will hold a free event for parents on how to help adolescents develop a healthy body image. Dr. Stella Chan Marinaro will provide nutrition tips for both active and less active teens, will discuss common unhealthy eating habits, eating disorders, and how to help a loved one with an eating disorder.
For more information on eating disorders, we visited The National Eating Disorders Association’s (NEDA) website, an online resource that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention and cures. This website offers a parent toolkit for anyone who wishes to understand more about how to support a friend or a family member with an eating disorder. The toolkit also has information about signs to look out for, medical consequences, and information on treatment as well as questions to ask when choosing a treatment provider.