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Many girls agree their mother has the biggest influence on their own self-image and they have adopted their mothers’ views on food and dieting. A 2009 magazine survey of 512 teenage girls with an average age of 14 found: 38% said their mother had the biggest influence...

This is just a small selection of the men and women that have joined the ACFED family.  We use the word family, because we have a personal connection with each and every person in our ACFED Approved Practitioner network.  We have met each person, and...

For many people emotional eating has caused a lifelong union with the cycle of weight loss, then weight gain known as yo-yo dieting. Common struggles include feeling out of control when you eat, not being able to stop eating, or not caring whilst you binge, then...

“I’m so sorry for crying” she said, “but you are the first person to recognise there is a genuine problem”. Diane grabbed a tissue, and told me her story. Diane had become very worried about her 12-year-old daughter Sarah.  Sarah was rapidly losing weight and had...

Food labelling gives manufacturers a great opportunity to sell their product to you at a time when you are ready to buy, at the supermarket. Words like ‘Natural’ and ‘Goodness’ are often emblazoned on the front of the package in a bold font, whilst the actual...

Trackorexia You won’t find this word in any diagnostic manuals, but the new trend of wearing an activity tracker such as a FitBit, could lead to an eating disorder. Unlike the bathroom scales, which we can leave at home, the tracker provides an opportunity to judge yourself...

It’s a question that often comes up on our health practitioner courses. How can we distinguish a child who is a fussy eater, from one that has an eating disorder? This is an important concern for parents as well as health professionals. We don’t want to ignore...

Stop negative self-talk. Do the things you say about your body make you feel better about yourself? If not, stop it now! Look for the good stuff instead. Do you have a talent? Are you a good friend? Are you witty? We all have something that makes us...