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Having trouble determining if your hunger is physical or emotional? This can be challenging for all of us at times. A helpful way to figure this out is to ask yourself if you’re hungry enough to eat an apple. Apples are a neutral food that most people enjoy when hungry, but wouldn’t necessarily…(Read More)

Raising healthy, non-eating-disordered children in today’s unhealthy, weight-obsessed culture can feel like a daunting, seemingly impossible task. Having to change so many negative aspects of our appearance-focused society can feel overwhelming… But don’t despair! Children, especially adolescents, look to the adults in their lives to shape emerging views and…(Read More)

If I eat the cake, won’t it make me fat? Her struggle played out palpably across her young face, and I found myself stirred with a mixture of empathy — and sorrow. “No, honey, the cake won’t make you fat. Just eat what you’re hungry for, let yourself enjoy it, and stop when…(Read More)

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Ashley L. Southard, Ph.D., LMFT

Scottsdale, AZ,

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, abuse/neglect, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, and related issues.