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No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom available now with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, in London. his 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). The book is divided into 3 parts: In Part One of this book we give an overview of foundational items like what teens can expect during puberty, how they can manage their emotions, cope with stress, improve sleep and exercise. Part Two focuses on the essentials for connected eating; eating to appetite, eating what appeals to you and stopping at just enough. Part Three is about adding tools to your toolbox so that the stressors do not equal stress during this challenging stage of life.
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 with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London. With private practice offices in two California locations, she is able to service both the Central Valley Region as well as the San Francisco Bay Area.
Signe holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco's John F. Kennedy University and a B.A. in Psychology from University of the Pacific. She is the past president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™) SF Bay Area Chapter and she serves on The Body Positive Partnership Council. 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.
Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S is a Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in the Bay Area in California. She specializes in sports nutrition, eating disorders, and weight concerns. Wendy maintains a private practice in Menlo Park and Los Altos, California.
Wendy was a nutritionist for The Healthy Teen Project, where she worked as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide treatment for teenagers struggling with eating disorders from 2015-2017. Wendy provided nutrition counseling to children and adolescents in the Eating Disorders Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, which is part of the NS-LIJ Health System, from 2001 to 2011. Wendy has been on the Clinical Advisory Board of Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization created to aid in funding for the treatment of eating disorders, since it was created in 2008. Wendy is a co-author of No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom, which is forthcoming from Jessica Kingsley Publishers as well as a co-author of How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder with The Experiment Publishing in New York.
Wendy is currently the Team Nutritionist of the Oakland Athletics. She has consulted for the Golden State Warriors, Menlo School, New York Jets (2006-2013), NY Islanders, and Hofstra University’s women’s lacrosse and volleyball teams. Wendy is part of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Dietitian Registry. Wendy received her B.S. in dietetics/nutritional sciences from Cornell University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, where she also completed her dietetic internship.
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.