How to End Your Child’s Toxic Relationship With Food

Jaime E. Love

I’ve had many relationships throughout my life. I’ve developed close ties with family members, friends, and co-workers, each relationship uniquely complex. Not all of my relationships have been healthy; one of them was downright toxic. Emotionally and mentally draining, spiritually destructive, a relationship that began at age 10 when I heard my aunt say to my mom: “Yvonne is getting really fat.” No surprise, I developed a toxic relationship with food, and it would take a lot of honesty and courage to eventually form a healthy bond with the things I chewed and swallowed.

Helping a child form a healthy relationship with food is no easy feat, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder. Many children and teens spent much of the last two school years in front of a computer screen every day; many sought refuge in social media, a virtual reality in which self-esteem and confidence can

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