What is Body Image?

Body positivity is about loving yourself and others regardless of physical appearance. It’s about encouraging self-positivity, acceptance and health. Body positivity doesn’t focus on looks; it identifies people by their strengths and non-physical characteristics.

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Body Positivity: An Important Message for Girls, AND Boys

As social media continues to play a major role in our society, talking to your child about body positivity is more important than ever - and it’s not just a topic for girls. Boys struggle with body image too.

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Eating Disorders: Awareness is the First Step

As the medical director of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Eating Disorders Program, I am a passionate advocate, but I must be honest – I was skeptical when asked to write about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

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"To the Bone" and Eating Disorder Treatment: Did Netflix Get it Right?

The Netflix movie To the Bone portrays a semi-autobiographical story about a 20-year-old girl named Ellen and part of her journey through recovery from an eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. Overall, this movie seeks to raise awareness about something that doesn’t get enough discussion. But in doing so, it raises many questions.

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Anorexia Nervosa: Parents as Part of the Treatment Team

What is Anorexia Nervosa? Anorexia Nervosa (anorexia or AN) is a biologically-based disorder that involves restricting one’s food intake, leading to significantly low body weight. Anorexia is accompanied by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of one’s body.

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Binge Eating Disorder: Not Just Overeating

Binge eating, binge watching Netflix, binge drinking, binge shopping. There are many uses in our culture for the word “binge.” But what does it really mean? By definition, binge means indulging in an activity to excess. One activity people often associate with the word binge is eating.


PediaByte 41: Anorexia Nervosa

Listen to Dr. Mike and Dr. Terrill Bravender discuss anorexia nervosa.


PediaByte 42: Bulimia Nervosa

Listen to Dr. Mike and Dr. Terrill Bravender discuss bulimia nervosa.