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Join the founders of The Full Bloom Project for a weekly dose of body-positive parenting wisdom. Zoë Bisbing, LCSW and Leslie Bloch, LCSW-R are both New York City-based adolescent eating disorder psychotherapists, mothers of two, and research-junkies. They are on a mission to teach parents everywhere how to transform their home environment into a place where children can naturally boost immunity to our appearance obsessed culture, so they can channel their precious resources towards more mea ...
 
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We’re joined by fertility awareness educator Lisa Hendrickson-Jack to learn about all things periods. Lisa discusses common misconceptions about menstrual health, and we explore why helping your daughter understand her menstrual cycle can promote body-positivity. Get our guide to body-positive parenting. Click here for show notes.…
 
While we embrace the language used by the original body-positive movement to characterize our signature parenting style, our next hidden gem episode from Season 1, featuring Dr. Carly Guss and researcher Dr. Sabra Katz-Wise about gender non-conforming and trans youth, reminded us that sometimes body-positivity is simply not inclusive enough and, fr…
 
It's halloween week and we are reposting our season one conversation with the "original intuitive eating" dietitian and author Evelyn Tribole. She talks with us about the best ways to handle all this “junk food” (aka halloween candy) with kids (and why she uses the term “play food” instead). Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Read full s…
 
This week it just felt right to take you back to Season one of the pod, episode #19 where Dr. Rebecca Kennedy (before she was the instagram sensation @drbeckyathome) taught us how to harness the power of simplicity and presence to foster emotional connectedness in our kids. We love her “less is more” recommendation to approach our children’s emotio…
 
So in honor of Weight Stigma Awareness week we are reposting one of our favorite conversations with Social psychologist Dr. Jeff Hunger, who helps us dig deeper into the available research on weight stigma. He highlights some ironic misconceptions about the impact of weight stigma, including its consequences for mental and physical health, and disc…
 
Elyse Resch - co-author of Intuitive Eating - answers a listener question about getting her teenager daughters interested in intuitive eating. We also discuss the newest updates to the intuitive eating model, understanding intuitive eating through a social justice lens rather than a nutrition lens, and a play-by-play of how Elyse helps teens think …
 
It’s "back-to-school" week for us, which means we got a little behind schedule! In anticipation of next week’s season 3 finale, we thought we’d revisit our nourishing conversation with Health at Every Size Dietitian, Heidi Schauster. A fan favorite episode, tune in to learn (or refresh!) the 10 things you are welcome to QUIT DOING to improve your r…
 
Feminist marketing consultant and writer Kelly Diels joins us for a conversation about social media, marketing, and culture. We discuss the power of helping our kids notice, name, and build resilience against harmful media messages, and why we should all think of ourselves as culture makers. Read the full show notes for this episode. Get our ABC Gu…
 
Ellyn Satter Institute faculty member Jenn Harris returns to the show to answer a listener's question about conflicting advice she’s heard about handling “play food” or “sometimes food.” We get clarity around how to apply the Satter model when serving dessert (or when it’s served at a birthday party), discuss what differentiates eating competence a…
 
Zoë talks through a real life body-positive parenting dilemma with Hannah and Kelty — twins, mothers, and co-founders of the Upbringing parenting resource. They dig into parenting for “sanity and social change” and how to support kids who have chronic illnesses or conditions that may complicate their relationship with their bodies. Read the full sh…
 
We spoke with the wonderful team behind Sunny Side Up Nutrition to answer a question from a listener wondering how or what she can teach her kids about nutrition without diet culture sneaking in. Anna and Elizabeth talked us through the value of modeling behaviors, considering developmental stage in the conversations you have about food, what kind …
 
We’re joined by researcher Dr. Dana Voelker to answer a question from a listener whose daughter wants to pursue classical ballet professionally. We discuss characteristics of healthy and unhealthy sports cultures, intuitive exercise, helping kids learn to love movement, and how this parent can help her daughter navigate a field that can be rife wit…
 
Parent coach and educator Oona Hanson joins us for a conversation about our real-life experiences parenting without diet culture. Leslie and Oona talk about their strategies for helping kids of varied ages learn to recognize and externalize diet culture, handling memes about weight gain, when diet culture and fatphobia sneak into the school curricu…
 
We've decided to hold off on posting the episode we had originally scheduled for today. In light of recent events - the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, as well as protests against structural racism, police brutality, and injustice in response - we are instead sharing an old episode that highlights why w…
 
Clinical psychologist Dr. Stephanie Jacobs joins Leslie to answer a question from a parent feeling overwhelmed and helpless in the face of her teenage daughter’s intense emotions. Stephanie gives a crash course in the concepts of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and how distress tolerance skills might be useful for this parent. We discuss why par…
 
Researcher Dr. Laura Hart helps us answer a question from a parent wondering how to get her child’s grandparents to support her efforts at creating a body-positive family culture. We learn about the incredible research that Laura has done on preventing the onset of disordered eating and body image struggles — and what all parents and care providers…
 
Activist and educator Julie Nowak joins us to discuss food justice and body positivity. She helps us respond to a question from a listener concerned about her daughter’s new veganism and its possible connection to body image concerns. We explore the intersection between food/environmental activism and body positivity — and where there is room for b…
 
Our friend, clinical psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy (aka Dr. Becky At Home), joined us for a much-needed conversation about what we’re all wondering — how in the world do we parent through a pandemic? She offers an amazing balance of compassion, nonjudgmental curiosity, pragmatic advice and examples, and her perspective as both a child development …
 
We’re joined by health psychologist Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama this week to respond to a listener’s question about her child stress eating every afternoon after school. (And in these stressful times, this question feels more timely than ever!) What is stress eating, and how should we approach it as parents? We learn about Dr. Tomiyama’s research finding…
 
Clinical social worker and PhD candidate Kyle Ganson joins us to discuss the role that fathers and other male caregivers can play in nurturing intuitive eating and positive body image in their kids. We cover what might prevent dads from being part of these conversations, and suggestions for how they can get engaged. Read the full show notes for thi…
 
Zoë and Leslie are solo on the podcast this week, responding to four questions asked by parents at a recent presentation. We cover family meals at restaurants, how to handle a family history of eating disorders, intuitive eating for kids with health concerns, and what to do when your kid will only eat bread and butter for dinner. Get our ABC Guide …
 
Anti-diet dietitian and podcast host Christy Harrison joins us to shed light on why our culture is so obsessed with weight loss and/or wellness. We discuss why weight stigma which harms all of us is the result, and what it means to be truly anti-diet. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Read the full show notes for this episode.…
 
Researcher and HAES® advocate Ellen Pudney joins us to discuss her recent study on the connections between weight stigma and parental weight talk. We learn about her findings and how parents can use the research to consider how and what they are communicating to their children about weight. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Read the ful…
 
In this episode, “the Toddler Whisperer” Dr. Tovah Klein shares how parents can plant seeds for a child’s lifelong success during the toddler years. She explains the “toddler paradox,” gives us insight into the toddler mind, and shares practical tips for feeding toddlers without power struggles. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Read th…
 
This week we're joined by the award-winning health researcher Dr. S. Bryn Austin, who directs the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED), a public health incubator. We discuss why policy matters when it comes to helping our kids fully bloom, and what parents can do to fight the thin ideal - and all of its nas…
 
We're re-sharing an oldie but goodie this week (and stay tuned next week for a new episode!) In episode 3 of the podcast, we were joined by body image researcher and author Dr. Renee Engeln. She broke down the research on our cultural obsession with appearance - which she calls beauty sickness - and talked to us about what body-positive parents can…
 
We’re joined by fertility awareness educator Lisa Hendrickson-Jack to learn about all things periods. Lisa discusses common misconceptions about menstrual health, and we explore why helping your daughter understand her menstrual cycle can promote body-positivity. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Read the full show notes for this episod…
 
Eating disorders specialist and activist Dr. Deb Burgard joins us for a conversation about incorporating a Health At Every Size® perspective and activism into parenting, the truth about weight loss and dieting, and how to help your child build body trust and connect to their inner wisdom. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Read the full …
 
Psychologist Dr. Michael Reichert discusses the unique challenges of boyhood, pressures boys face to conform to masculine ideals, and the power of relationships to fortify boys in response. He shares strategies parents can use to cultivate their connection to their sons and help them hold on to their authentic selves. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Posi…
 
Therapist and author Andrea Wachter joins us to discuss how parents can use mindfulness to help kids of all ages who are struggling with poor body image or their relationship with food. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Join our body image group for parents. Read the full show notes for this episode.…
 
Health educator Justine Ang Fonte joins us for a conversation about healthy relationships, sex, consent, and body positivity in the digital age. Justine explains why parents are the primary sex educators for their children and gives examples of what this education can look like at different life stages. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting.…
 
Non-diet dietitian and activist Amee Severson joins us to discuss what parents should know about the research behind the Health At Every Size® paradigm. We’re digging into why diets don’t work, the origins of BMI as a measurement, the health consequences of “fat” vs. fat stigma, and why health can’t be measured by weight or body size. Get our ABC G…
 
Registered dietitian Marci Evans draws on her expertise in both digestive health and eating disorders to talk us through helping kids struggling with tummy aches and food sensitivities. We discuss the mind-body connection, the risks of elimination diets, and her recommendations for supporting your child and working with their medical providers from…
 
Dr. Sabrina Strings talks us through her research on the origins of fat phobia and the thin ideal, why these phenomenon have always been tied to race, and why the assumed connection between weight and health is built on a shaky foundation. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Read the full show notes here.…
 
Jennifer Harris of the Ellyn Satter Institute helps us understand why healthy has more to do with how we feed our children than what we feed them. We discuss the evidence-based Satter feeding dynamics models, how to build eating competence in our kids, what parents vs. children are responsible for when it comes to mealtime, and the value of family …
 
It’s just Zoë and Leslie this week, answering a listener question about how to ask family members and her pediatrician not to make comments about her five-month-old baby’s shape or size. We use a skill from DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) to walk through an effective strategy for communicating this request, and brainstorm together possible sol…
 
In this repost of a fan favorite, public health researcher Dr. Kendrin Sonneville helps us understand the research on what doctors and parents can do to promote health and well-being in children of all sizes. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Read full show notes here.By Leslie Bloch, LCSW-R & Zoë Bisbing, LCSW
 
Parent coach, advocate, and author Eva Musby joins us for a discussion about best practices when talking to your child about body size, especially when they ask that dreaded question — “Am I fat?” She draws on her personal experience as a parent and professional work supporting parents of children suffering from eating disorders. Get our ABC Guide …
 
We're revisiting one of our most popular episodes for our summer break. In this episode, we hear from Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, the award-winning dietitian, author, and original intuitive eating pro. Evelyn helps us understand her ground-breaking concept of intuitive eating, why intuitive eating is essential for body-positive parenting, and…
 
Dr. Michael Levine joins us to answer a listener question about how to discuss body-positive beliefs and values with family members from older generations. He also shares some of his insights from decades working in the eating disorder prevention field. Get our ABC Guide to Body-Positive Parenting. Read full show notes here.…
 
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