JD Ouellette on Parenting a Child Through an Eating Disorder — Part Two

Parenting a Child Through an Eating Disorder

This podcast is the second part from my conversation with inspiring Eating Disorder Advocate JD Ouellette on resources available and lessons leant from parenting a child through an eating disorder.

JD’s daughter became ill with Anorexia at age 17, and Family Based Therapy was a crucial part of her recovery. In this episode, we delve more into the dangers and complications that speciality diets pose to the recovering sufferer, the role of the entire family and the importance in getting Dads involved in treatment, and so much more … including chickens!

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Topics discussed in this podcast:

  • FBT (Family Based Therapy) resources and methods
  • Online help for parents and where to go to learn more
  • Understanding eating disorder behaviour in your child
  • How parents can prepare mentally to treat a child with an Eating Disorder.
  • The role of families in Eating Disorder Treatment.
  • What to look out for if you suspect your child is suffering from an eating disorder
  • Vegan diets and Eating Disorders
  • Dangers associated with recovered sufferers acting as Eating Disorder Therapists
  • The importance of Eating Disorder Advocacy and Storytelling

Links to resources mentioned in this podcast:


USCD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research 

ED Bites by Carrie Arnold

Laura Hill’s TED Talk

The Venus Fly Trap and the Land Mine: Novel Tools for Eating Disorder Treatment

Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown

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About Tabitha Farrar

I work as Head of Marketing for a software startup in Boulder. As a recovered Anorexia sufferer, I advocate for proper understanding of eating disorders in my spare time. On that note, I wrote a book about my own journey into eating again called Love Fat.

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3 thoughts on “JD Ouellette on Parenting a Child Through an Eating Disorder — Part Two

  • Jennifer

    Great interview. I’m actually an adult working to recover from an eating disorder, but it helps to hear what has worked for younger people and their families, too, as I find I can adapt it to my own situation and be the parent to myself in a way. I especially appreciated the comment about wanting there to be a fight, because that means you’re defeating the eating disorder. That helps me a lot, because so often, I back down in the face of a fight, but now I’ll think of that and know it’s a good thing.

    Oh, and the little bit with you talking to yourself at the very, very end made me laugh ;p I love how real you are 🙂

    • Tabitha Farrar Post author

      Glad you liked it Jennifer. You might want to check out a the episode about when I talk about adapting FBT for my own adult recovery. It’s either just before or just after the one with JD.

  • Serena

    This is great, you 2. I’ve just about had it with this thing. I’m sticking around because my cat adores me and hides from everyone else, but I have everything necessary to act upon that self-care that others see as self-hatred, if you know what I mean (and that’s a comfort in its own right). Mercy toward self is NOT hateful! But I can’t do it–because of my cat. I’ll keep listening!