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February 2014 | Vol. 8 - No. 2
As a parent, you’re probably very aware of the pressure kids are under to look good and fit in with their peer groups. Some teenagers can become very preoccupied with how they look, so much so that they start limiting or controlling their food intake, or excessively exercising to stay thin. What can a parent do to help?

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Canada, and our newsletter this month has timely and information on the subject, from dispelling five common myths about eating disorders to helping you understand what distorted body image is and recognize the signs of eating disorders. So whether you want to talk to your teen because you’re concerned about their behaviour, or just want to help them learn more about eating disorders, we hope the advice you find here will help start the conversation.

Until next month,
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
OUR HEROS
Starting a new chapter at 18
Former MCH cardiology patient Sabrina Bigras talks about graduating from pediatric to adult care [+]
HEALTH, WELL-BEING & PREVENTION
5 myths about eating disorders that every parent should read [+]
Understanding distorted body image in children and teens [+]
Know the warning signs of anorexia and bulimia in children and teens [+]
MIND & SPIRIT
Self-esteem: How can parents help? [+]
Is your "picky eater" eating enough? [+]
ASK THE EXPERT
Q: I recently discovered that my daughter has been visiting pro-anorexia-type websites, referred to her by a friend at school. What can I do to ensure she stops visiting them and that she is not taking the content of these sites as fact?
A: Of course, the one way to ensure that your daughter doesn’t visit pro-anorexia websites is to give away her phone or computer. But since that’s not realistic—and not a productive solution either—you can focus instead on what she’s already read and seen on these sites and ask her what she thinks about the messages the sites are promoting. [+]
Do you have a question of a general nature that you'd like to ask our specialist? If your question is selected, the answer will be published in the next edition of the newsletter. EMAIL US!
True or False?
You must be underweight to be diagnosed with an eating disorder.

False. This is perhaps the most widespread misconception about eating disorders and may be one of the reasons many disordered eating conditions go undiagnosed, according to Dr. Holly Agostino, a specialist in Adolescent Medicine at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. [+]
FOUNDATION NEWS
Dolce
The third edition of Dolce, benefiting the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, will take place on February 22nd, 2014 at the Loft Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Montreal. We await your arrival at 9pm! [+]
MCH NEWS
The Montreal Children's Hospital celebrates its 110th birthday [+]
Coroner's drowning report calls for locked gates on all pools [+]
Employment Insurance special benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children [+]
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