Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image available for preorder now with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, in London. In a world fraught with diet-culture and weight stigma, many parents worry about their child's relationship with their body and food. This down-to-earth guide is an invaluable resource allowing parents to take proactive actions in promoting a friendship with food, and preventative actions to minimize the risk factors for the development of eating disorders, particularly when early signs of disordered eating, excessive exercise, or body dissatisfaction have been noticed. It provides clear strategies and tools with a practical focus to gently encourage parents and teens to have a peaceful relationship with food and exercise by centralizing joy and health. Coming from a therapist, a dietician, and an adolescent medicine physician, with insightful case studies from an array of young people from different backgrounds, this multidisciplinary author team delivers friendly, strategic guidance based in a wealth of expertise.
Also by the same authors, No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom. This book is an informative workbook with a healthy dose of humor. It is an adolescent-friendly guide to promote positive nutritional attitudes and body image that is uniquely written by an expert multi-disciplinary team (MD, therapist, and RD).
Signe Darpinian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. She is also the host of Therapy Rocks! a personal growth podcast, public speaker, and co-author of No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom and Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image, both with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London. She provides tele-health in the state of California. Signe is the past president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™) SF Bay Area Chapter. Over the past several years, she's been recognized by various organizations for her accomplishments in women's health and business while also being requested for speaking engagements at renowned institutions like top-rated Rancho La Puerta Spa in Mexico, Stanford University and Pinterest Headquarters. Follow her on instagram @noweighguide and @therapyrockspodcast.
Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S specializes in adolescent nutrition, eating disorders and sports nutrition. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has consulted for the Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, NY Jets, and NY Islanders. She is a frequent lecturer to schools and sports teams, emphasizing a Health at Every Size Approach®, while integrating nutrition practices that are sustainable and practical. She is the co-author of How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder, No Weigh! A Teens Guide to Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom and the forthcoming, Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image. Follow her on Instagram at @wendy_sterling and @platebyplateapproach or Twitter: @WendyMSRD. For more on her practice, check out her website.
Shelley Aggarwal MD, is a board-certified Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Sub-Specialist. She treats medically complex teens and young adults, and consults on a variety of youth-specific health issues including adolescent development, the management of eating disorders, reproductive health, the needs of the chronically ill child, weight-neutral approaches to wellbeing, and medical complications related to mental health conditions, to name a few. Working effectively in a multidisciplinary model is key in adolescent health and Dr. Aggarwal works in close collaboration with a variety of specialists and mental health providers to align goals and provide holistic care. She is also the co-author of No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom and How to Raise Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image, both with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London.
Dr. Aggarwal was born to Indian parents who moved to the United States when she was young. Her parents remained committed to their East Indian culture which inspired rich and complicated experiences of food and body, particularly as they relate to standards of what is “normal” and “acceptable.” These experiences and years of medical training have led to broadening the conversation about what it means to be “healthy,” deprogramming messages around “good” and “bad” food, and normalizing approaches towards wellbeing that are aligned with one’s needs.
Dr. Aggarwal has worked with premiere academic institutions and continues to be teaching faculty with Stanford Children's Health and UCSF-Fresno. As an adolescent health expert, she has spoken to small groups of parents and teens about youth well being and also presented at conferences on scholarly topics. She has provided on-the-ground care with local and international non-profits, volunteering in places such as Mongolia, Cambodia and Mexico to name a few, and she has interned with agencies such as the WHO. Currently, she is the Medical Director of clinics serving justice involved youth. Her career and life is a work in progress and increasingly defined by work related to bridging health disparities and aligning with youth and families on building sustained and sustainable wellbeing.