February? What? I can't believe it has been almost a year since our lives turned upside down. Thank you for sticking with us! In honor of Eating Disorder Awareness month, your MFS newsletter contains great information on topics such as how to talk to your children about food, ways to encourage and develop a positive body image, and common myths about eating disorders.

We are still here for you and you are not alone. Please reach out to us or anyone you trust if you need help. Take care of yourself.

Dr. Pam McCaskill

McCaskill Family Services Newsletter
Term: Winter | Issue 14| February 26th , 2021
Eating Disorder Awareness Month
How much do you really know?

Who & What? Eating disorders come in all different shapes and sizes. Generally, we visualize someone as being severely underweight or overweight, and we mostly assume that person is female. However, eating disorders are not simply diagnosed by a person's outward appearance, and someone that has an "average" body weight can still suffer from disordered eating. Eating disorders are more accurately defined by a person's relationship with their body and food. Gender plays no role: 40% of people who struggle with binge eating disorder are male.

Why? Did you know there is no "one" cause for Eating disorders? Certain eating disorders run in families, others can be triggered by stressful life events, pressures to maintain appearances and uphold social standards, and they often coincide with other mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression.

When? 95% of eating disorders occur in people ages 12-25.
40% of 9-year-olds report that they have dieted & so have 80% of 13-year-olds.

In a world that hyper focuses on outward appearances, and leans towards promotion of disordered eating and an ideal body type, it's hard to know what's fact, fiction and what IS healthy behavior? Alesha Miller, LP, our MFS eating disorder specialist provides us with some facts surrounding the myths of eating disorders. Click below!

We know that this past year has been challenging for adults, kids, families and teens! If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please contact us. Our clinicians are trained in empirically-based techniques, and would be happy to promptly schedule an appointment in person or via tele-health. We can be reached by phone at 734-416-9098 or by email at office@mccaskillfamilyservices.com.
Tips for Parents
Insightful articles from Psychology Today
The Danger of Talking to Children About Weight
How to Talk to Your Children About Food in a Healthy Manner
Body Positive Affirmations
Our Brain Believes What It Hears
The more you tell your body you love & appreciate it, the more you will start to believe it. Try one of these body positive affirmations the next time you look in the mirror:

I am grateful for everything my body allows me to do
My current self is enough
I am allowed to take up space
I will not compare myself to others
I am uniquely beautiful
I am worth more than my appearance
My body is my home, and I will build it up, not tear it down
Body acceptance is a journey, and I am on it
My imperfections make me beautiful
Food gives my body the energy it needs to accomplish my goals
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Tips from the National Eating Disorder Association
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Alesha is a Masters level clinician who specializes in treating individuals who struggle with eating disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and mood disorders.

Allie is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, and is trained in Clinical Behavioral Psychology and several other empirically supported therapeutic methods such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based interventions.

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Editor's Notes
Newsletter Editor's Notes

We live in a culture where the majority of our worth seems to be defined by our appearances and accomplishments. How do we accurately measure these things? What is accomplished enough? What is attractive enough? As we attempt to define the word enough, it's only natural that we start to compare ourselves to others around us. But look out! Comparison will kill your joy. The moment we start comparing ourselves to others, is the moment we begin to lose sight of the positive qualities that are uniquely ours. We start to take the good, the things that we do like about ourselves, for granted.

A study from FHE Health shows that 87.73% of women and 65.37% of men compare themselves to what they see on social media.
50 % of women feels as though they compare unfavorably to these images, and 36% of men also find it unfavorable.

So what is comparing doing for us? Absolutely nothing. Some of us think it will help us to promote change or encourage us to work harder... but this only lasts for so long. Why? The more we grown to dislike ourselves, the worse we begin treat ourselves, and what happens when you get beat down time and time again? You give up. So, comparison for the sake of motivation ends up hurting us in the long run (myth busted!).

I encourage you this month to practice oppositely of what our culture promotes:
  1. Focus on what you love about yourself. Make a list. Keep it where you can see it.
  2. Declutter your social media of anything/anyone that makes you feel less than worthy, and find pages to follow that promote both positive and realistic body image.
  3. When you find yourself comparing, honor what you admire in the other person, without hating on yourself (e.g., Good for her!)
Hello everyone! I'm a masters level clinician at McCaskill Family Services who specializes in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders for all ages. I co-run the McCaskill Family Services DBT groups for teens and adults, and specialize in psychological assessment. I am also our monthly newsletter co-editor and social media manager!

I'd like to personally thank you for staying in touch with our practice, and hope you find this newsletter inspirational and informative. If you or someone you know would like to schedule an appointment with me, please contact our office at 734-416-9098 or email us at office@mccaskillfamilyservices.com. I look forward to working with you!

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