TABLE 6

Recommendations for Preventing ED and Obesity for Health Care Providers from Eating Among Teens

1. Inform adolescents that dieting, and particularly unhealthy weight-control behaviors, may be counterproductive. Instead, encourage positive eating and physical behaviors that can be maintained on a regular basis.
2. Do not use body dissatisfaction as a motivator for change. Instead, help teens care for their bodies so that they will want to nurture them through healthy eating, activity, and positive self-talk.
3. Encourage families to have regular, and enjoyable, family meals.
4. Encourage families to avoid weight talk. Talk less about weight and do more to help teens achieve a weight that is healthy for them.
5. Assume overweight teens have experienced weight mistreatment and address with teens and their families.