Double Take: Anorexia


Katie: Anorexia nervosa whittled me down to 90 pounds when I was 15, putting my body mass index in the first percentile of girls my age. I’m not proud of that, but I am proud to write that after regaining the weight I lost, I have achieved happiness and healthiness. I’m sharing my recovery story […]

Double Take: Crack Down on Drunken Driving with Teens (and Adults)


Dr. Wes: I was visiting with a young person the other day we’ll call Jordan. Jordan blew about three times the legal limit and joined a growing number of teens and young adults coming face to face with the consequences of drunk driving. The legal consequences, that is. The real consequences—death, maiming, a felony conviction—make […]

How to Prevent Your Holiday Gathering from Becoming A Scene


Here’s my recent appearance on Fox4 Kansas City discussing what goes wrong at family holiday gatherings. At least I tried to scratch the surface. The exploding turkey comment will make sense later in the segment!  

Double Take: The Tragedy of Teen Homicides


Wes: Homicide is the second leading cause of teen deaths in America, accounting for 13% of lost lives from age 12 to 19. Though accidents, most of them in automobiles, kill three times as many teens, 13% is still a sobering number to consider. For black teens, the rate is even higher. The faces of […]

Double Take: Post-Election Holidays? Families Need to Keep It Civil


Dear Dr. Wes and Katie: I am dreading the holidays. All summer my family argued about politics. I was home from college and I’m more liberal than my family. By Thanksgiving we’ll know who wins the next election and either way it’s going to be horrible. My family doesn’t argue about these things in a […]

Double Take: Is a College Degree an ATM or an Educational Journey?


Katie: Every year I was in junior high, the guidance counselors showed a PowerPoint on making post-high school plans. First we’d calculate our GPAs, determine the number of credits we needed to graduate, and then consider a bar graph comparing the average salaries between high school and college graduates. The point of the presentation? You […]

Dr. Wes and Young Adult Panel Discuss Sex Live on the Radio


This is probably the best radio show I’ve done in the last year. I recruited three 19 to 22 year old college girls (sorry no boys responded!) to speak on the topic of teen sexuality and dating, and wow did they. There is no morning better spent than one in which we talk openly with […]

Double Take: So, Which Teens Aren’t Having Sex?


Dr. Wes: One of the hottest topics in my media interviews on parenting this year has been “is my teen having sex?” Apparently teen sex creates an a lot more mystery for parents, which always baffles me. Here’s what we know: 47% of high school students have had sexual intercourse, and 35% report being sexually […]

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