69: “Raising Body Positive Teens” with Co-Authors Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal

Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera talk food, movement, weight, and body image with co-authors of the book “Raising Body Positive Teens.” Join the conversation as Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal crush “diet culture and weight stigma” by breaking down common myths about food and eating, offer tips on how to talk with your child about media and body image, and explore how to develop a friendship with food and your body.

Guest Bios

Signe Darpinian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, and host of Therapy Rocks! a personal growth podcast. She provides tele-health therapy services in the state of California.

Wendy Sterling, is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, and a Board-Certified Sports Dietitian. She has consulted for the Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, NY Jets, and NY Islanders. She is also the co-author of How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder and maintains a virtual private practice throughout the US. 

Shelley Aggarwal is a physician and is a board-certified Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Sub-Specialist. Dr. Aggarwal has worked with premiere academic institutions and continues to be teaching faculty with Stanford Children’s Health and UCSF-Fresno. She is the Medical Director of clinics serving justice involved youth.

They are the co-authors of No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom and Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image, both with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London. 

To learn more about our guests visit the below links

Signe Darpinian




Wendy Sterling


Instagram @wendy_sterling

Shelley Aggarwal


In this episode we talk about:

  • What motivated Signe, Wendy, and Shelley to write their 2nd book together, Raising Body Positive Teens
  • How our bodies are impacted by stress
  • How to navigate conversations with your child around media and body image
  • Common myths about food, eating, and weight
  • The role of sleep, movement, and food in sport performance

Resources mentioned:

We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:

No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom

Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image,

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