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, MS is a board certified Pediatrician and Adolescent
Medicine Specialist. She worked with the Stanford Division of Adolescent Medicine for several years and is an expert in eating disorders and adolescent health. She is currently the Medical Director of the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall Medical Clinic. Dr. Aggarwal is a co-author of No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London.
As an adolescent medicine physician, she has provided care for teens and young adults, ranging in age from 12 to 25 years-old. She treats medically complex individuals and has consulted on a variety of issues including adolescent development, the management of eating disorders, reproductive health, the needs of the chronically ill child, weight concerns, 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 has worked within premiere academic institutions such as UCSF, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Stanford University and is currently the Medical Director of the Juvenile Hall Medical Clinic in Santa Clara. As an adolescent health expert, she has spoken to small groups of parents and teens about youth well being and also presented at regional and national meetings on scholarly topics. She has provided on-the-ground care with local and international non-profits, volunteering her time in places such as Mongolia, Cambodia and Mexico to name a few, and she has also worked with agencies such as the WHO. She continues to be teaching faculty with Stanford Children’s Health at Stanford University, and has been recognized multiple times for teaching excellence.
Dr. Aggarwal is faculty for the Stanford Pediatric Integrative Medicine Program for Pediatric Residents. She incorporates integrative medicine principles such as mindfulness and meditation into her daily practice and teaches IM principles to colleagues, training doctors and patients on a regular basis. She has also co-authored a chapter on Developmental Factors in Driving Risk, highlighting how development can influence adolescent decision making.