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Eating Disorders: What you can do to help prevent them

The following guidelines may help you and your loved ones live healthier lives. It is our hope that they may also help prevent the development of an eating disorder.


  • Base self-worth on your inner characteristics. Such as your intelligence and creativity
  • Avoid comparing yourself with others - you are special because you are you!
  • Associate with positive, supportive people
  • Be assertive. This means that you tell people how you feel and you take responsibility for getting your needs met.
  • Talk to someone (your doctor, therapist, school counselor, parent) if you are concerned about your health.
  • Don't expect perfection - do the best that you can and praise yourself for it!
  • Accept compliments - people say them because they are true!
  • Say positive things to yourself - this means that you listen closely to what you say to yourself - if you are saying mean things to yourself try to change them to positive things.


  • Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. This means no dieting.
  • If you find yourself eating when you are not hungry, examine what feelings you are experiencing - if you are stressed or anxious deal with these feelings instead of stuffing them by eating.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet - remember that some fats are actually good for you.
  • Eat meals with your family at a table with no distractions such as the television.


  • Exercise regularly - talk with your doctor about how much exercise is healthy and when you may be exercising too much.

For more information call Children's Eating Disorders Program, 1-800-833-3100

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