I believe that as parents and educators we want the best for the next generation. Today’s conversation with Dana is critical in helping them be body positive and beneficial for all of us.
What we Talked About
- Raising children who love themselves
- Her journey from a fashion blogger to a body-positive advocate
- The importance of learning about our diet culture
- Understanding the system of oppression that causes us to not like ourselves
- The way you speak about your body might hurt you and those listening.
- Social media and how it influences how we see ourselves and what you can do about it.
- Tools for parents and teens to navigate
- The language we use to describe food
- How to diversify and lean-up your social media feed
Things to Remember
“We are not supposed to hate ourselves!”Dana Suchow
- Dana’s Body Image Resource Page
- “LIKE” the documentary Dana mentioned
- @kids.eat.in.color, Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, RDN Instagram account Dana mentioned.
- How to make mealtime less stressful with little ones? EP 15 with Jeanne-Marie Paynel
Over to You
Now, Dana and I want to know from you!
Have you struggled in the past of poor body image? What have you done to improve and heal yourself?
Let us know in the comments below.
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More About my Guest
Since overcoming Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and exercise compulsion, Dana Suchow has become an expert in the field of body image and eating disorder prevention.
Offering a nonclinical and holistic approach, Dana gives parents, teachers, and caregivers the tools to prevent eating disorders and raise body confident kids!
Dana is an international speaker, and for years she has worked with audiences of 10 to auditoriums of over 1,000. Dana is a frequent Summit Panelist and Keynote Speaker and has given 15-minute talks to 3-hour workshops.
Dana also works with children of all school levels, from Elementary School to College, appearing in person or by video.
In 2012 Dana founded DoTheHotpants.com as a fashion blog, but once she realized fashion’s unattainable beauty standards were fueling her eating disorder, Dana made the powerful decision to leave the industry and focus on eating disorder prevention and activism.
In 2014 Dana founded #MyBodyStory, an ongoing storytelling series created to uplift girl’s and women’s voices that so often go unheard. In 2016 Dana co-founded The Ripple, a nonprofit nationwide activist collective focused on helping women make waves in their communities.
In 2018, Dana was awarded the Girl Up #GirlHero Award by This Is Us star and activist Chrissy Metz.
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