Episode 14: Kids on Weight Watchers or Dieters in Training?

April 1, 2018

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Episode Overview

With the recent announcement of Weight Watchers new family oriented wellness program, Annie, Jen and Lauren discuss the implications and impacts of this controversial move. Each with a different level of experience with the Weight Watchers program, our hosts have an important conversation on teens and dieting.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • What Weight Watchers stands to gain through their “early intervention” tactics from a financial perspective
  • Weight Watchers and their history of working with children
  • Why some parents choose Weight Watchers for their children (a non-judgemental exploration of topics of concern for parents that lead them there.)
  • Obesity rates in teens and things we should look at instead (based on 2016 statistics)
  • How early children are affected by diet culture
  • The prevalence and normalization of disordered eating patterns among teens
  • The relationship between teen dieting and eating disorders
  • Preconceptions about what eating disorders look like and their impacts
  • The role of weekly weigh-ins in a binge restrict pattern
  • Child development, self-esteem and dieting
  • The Minnesota Starvation Experiment and the pendulum of forbidden foods
  • How children’s weight responds to food restrictions
  • Why diets don’t work
  • Passing down our narratives and body image issues: taking charge of the legacy of diet culture in our family
  • Mom-shaming and fat-shaming and how they impact the nutrition choices we make for our families
  • Age appropriate nutrition information and the role of instructor weight biases and body image
  • The role of influencers in the diet industry
  • Mortality rates in eating disorders
  • What resources are available to parents who are concerned about weight issues
  • What we feed our kids vs how we feed our kids – which is more important?
  • Skyrocketing obesity rates: hysteria or real life?
  • The HHHM business model and how it differs from diet programs
  • Upcoming additions to the Balance365 program



10/10 Recommend to family, friends, & clients 

Sound advice, presented in an easy to understand, approachable way. As a woman, mom, wife, daughter, friend, and Registered Dietitian - I recommend this podcast to everyone including my clients. I'm a huge fan of Balance365.  Keep it up ladies! Your friend, @dietitianchels :)


Outlook shifted 

Since listening to this podcast (and being part of the Facebook group(s) of B365), my whole outlook on myself, my body, my wellness, my worth has changed for the better. I thank these ladies for showing me another way to be in this world. I no longer obsess over my weight or food. I very much look forward to each podcast released!


My Morning Coffee Date 

Especially in 2020, having a little positivity is so important. Every time I listen to this podcast, not only do I have a smile on my face, I discover something about myself. And I consider myself to have a whole hell of a lot of self-awareness to begin with! It's almost cliche to say this now but it truly feels like you're having coffee with girlfriends!