Free Your Child from Overeating: A Handbook for Helping Kids and Teens

Free Your Child from Overeating: A Handbook for Helping Kids and Teens

Michelle P. Maidenberg PhD MPH LCSW-R

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 1615192700

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Is your child or teen overeating or overweight?
Are you unsure how to help? You’re not alone.

If your ten- to eighteen-year-old is struggling with overeating, you know how hard that can be—for your child and for you. Unhealthy eating habits put kids and teens’ well-being and self-confidence at risk. Something needs to change—but what? And how can you bring it up so they can really hear you?

You may have tried to help your child—without much success—but you may be overlooking the root cause of their struggle with eating and exercise—their thinking. In Free Your Child from Overeating, Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg shares over 40 interactive exercises that will help your child or teen:

  • Identify triggers, cravings, and self-sabotaging thought patterns
  • Define his or her values and find the motivation to change
  • Learn to eat mindfully by savoring meals and snacks
  • And set realistic goals using the four P’s: predict, plan, put into action, and practice.

It can be tempting to hope that your child’s overeating is “just a phase,” but the price of inaction is too high. Using Dr. Maidenberg’s 53 strategies (rooted in mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy), you can free your child from overeating or obesity by building his or her confidence. Your child has the power to change, and you have the power to help!


















healthful eating and exercising. Just because kids and teens may feel stuck does not mean that they will always feel that way; it is within their power to develop new practices that will help them become who they want to be over time. Kids can learn to make decisions on a daily basis that demonstrate a commitment to who they want to be and the values they feel are at their core. As with adults, kids and teens need to remind themselves regularly why they have made the decision to invest in their

“Oftentimes when a child is sad, we cheer them up with a sweet treat. This behavior gets reinforced year after year until we are practicing the same behavior as adults. We never learn to deal with the sad feeling because we push it away with a sweet treat. Learning to deal with feelings without food is a new skill many of us need to learn.”42 To avoid emotional eating, have your child do the following: Observe yourself and complete an emotional-eating record over the course of three days,

his weight and eating habits. Nagging or preaching to your child about what to eat, when to eat, and to eat less than he’s eating. Talking to your child about diets. Rewarding or bribing your child to eat differently. Commenting negatively on weight loss or weight gain. Weighing your child. Rejecting him for any changes in his body weight. A Road Map for Having Open and Enriching Discussions: Thanking your child for his willingness to speak to you and for expressing his thoughts and feelings.

child’s immediate aid because of an injustice he is experiencing. You would be prompted by your maternal/paternal instinct to protect him. Your discomfort is understandable. You are not expected to know how to intervene, as you were likely never taught how. Your child’s age, the severity of the discrimination, and his reaction to it will dictate how much to intervene. For example, for a younger or more immature child, you would intervene more extensively, because he may not be able to navigate

understanding and determination to work through challenges, because I am capable and worthy.” Allow for positive self-sentiments to envelop you. Recognize that you are unique. You are powerful. You are wonderful. You are you. Congratulate yourself for your willingness and openness toward your journey. CHAPTER 5. Striving for What You Want Sit comfortably and gently close your eyes. Settle into your posture with your back upright. Allow yourself to be right here in the moment. Be here

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