School Psych Finds

How to Talk to Kids About Weight | Dr. Tomiyama

September 30, 2022 School Psych Finds Season 1 Episode 9
School Psych Finds
How to Talk to Kids About Weight | Dr. Tomiyama
Show Notes

Eating disorders and unhealthy body images seem to be all around us in today's world, especially with the rapid rise of social media and the seemingly unavoidable consumption of it by children. As school psychologists and mental health professionals, many of us come across children (seemingly at younger and younger ages) who seem to struggle with their body images and start down a path of disordered and unhealthy eating patterns.

On today's episode, we are joined by Dr. Janet Tomiyama (Professor of Psychology at UCLA) to discuss how to talk to children about weight. That is, what does that research say about talking to kids about "weight" and how can we best support families in promoting positive and healthy body images and eating habits? Tune in to learn more.

About the Guest:  Dr. Tomiyama
A. Janet Tomiyama, Ph.D., (you can call her Dr. T) is a professor of Psychology at UCLA, where she also heads up the DIeting, Stress, and Health (DiSH) lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in June of 2009, and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar Fellowship jointly at the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley. Her work has been recognized by early career awards from the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Society for Health Psychology. Her research, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focuses on the biobehavioral and health consequences of stress, dieting, comfort eating, and weight stigma.

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