Episode #22 LIFE BY THE RAINES PODCAST: Raising Kids Who Love Their Bodies with Dana Suchow

In this episode, we interview Dana Suchow, an award-winning speaker and educator devoted to helping parents raise kids who love their bodies.

Dana opens up about her personal journey with eating disorders and how it sparked her current mission in helping parents and educators raise body confident children. We chat about diet culture and its impact on both children & parents, body confidence, intuitive eating and how parents can help kids develop healthy relationships with nutrition & movement.

About Dana

Award-Winning Speaker, Educator and Coach

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.

Dana lives in New York City and holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. You can find her on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Vogue, Huffington Post, Yahoo, ELLE, Seventeen Magazine and more!

In today’s Episode:

  • How to foster body confidence in kids

  • Diet culture and how it impacts both parents and children

  • How to make physical body changes positively

  • Intuitive eating and what children can teach adults

  • Helping children develop healthy relationships with nutrition and movement

  • Danasuchow.com

  • Dana’s Instagram

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