I posted an article not to long ago about being a survivor of Anorexia Nervosa. A terrible eating disorder that literally takes over ever inch of your mind, body, and soul. It is a disease that keeps going because even if you finally force yourself to get to a healthy body weight (usually being shamed into eating) you can still be internalizing how much you are eating daily, at every meal, with every snack.
I can honestly say I am totally 100% cured and have been for a long time. It was a hard journey to total wellness and being comfortable with myself. It was being a mother that helped me the most and when was I was born again I totally won the battle.
At first I worried about my girls having a tendency of getting an eating disorder then I worried about the boys too. The medical profession does not know for sure if it is in the family genes or something a person has a tendency to get. I think it is a personality trait, which can be inherited and can surface from external to internal forces.
I wanted to make sure the disease did not circle around to the kids. We all have to fight outside influences of friends, fashion magazines and the media. I know if you are happy, do not suffer from feeling inferior, have a positive self image, have confidence, and know who you are the disease won’t touch you!
All my older kids have come through with healthy eating habits. I have paid extra attention to making sure they like who they are by confident and positive parenting techniques.
My definition of positive parenting is using lots of love, listens often and making them feel they are important. With 7 children there has to be discipline, so positive parenting does not mean everything is always wonderful, but with honest, heartfelt parenting we get through just about anything. So when they do something good it is awesome! When they do something wrong we correct it together.
I have educated and stressed the importance of healthy eating and exercise to all the kids. I believe an eating disorder can be prevented, it just takes love, education and listening. I refuse to have this diseases back in my life again!