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Eating Disorders and The Role of Family Support With Rebecca Manley

Apr 27, 2022

Today on Beyond the Balance Sheet, Arden is speaking to Rebecca Manley about eating disorder awareness and prevention. Rebecca is the founder of MEDA (Multi-service Eating Disorders Association) and owner of Manley Coaching. Her passion is working with teens and families on issues related to body image and self-esteem. We are talking about how to teach body positivity to kids, what signs to look for in your child’s relationship with food, and the fine line between eating healthy and restrictive eating. This is a really important conversation you don’t want to miss out on!


  • [01:16] What are signs of a negative body image developing and how can parents encourage body positivity
  • [09:05] Are eating disorders more prevalent in high achieving and affluent families
  • [13:05] The fine line between healthy behaviors and restrictive eating habits 
  • [18:08] How to intervene in situations when diet culture is praised within a family 
  • [24:00] How to navigate situations when parents aren’t on the same page about what their child needs
  • [28:25] What is the future of body image and self esteem issues in families


  • Money is like electricity and it is a very powerful tool that can be used for tremendous good and growth, but it’s also something that needs to be respected and it can be very destructive and it can be lethal.
  • It’s important to identify what the families of the identified patient have been through and how to help them refocus their energy on themselves and not solely focus on the loved one, who is in the midst of a self-destructive cycle
  • Kids have access to information with less adult supervision at earlier ages through smartphones and peer groups. Parents of younger children should consider having conversations about substance use and alcohol, in an age appropriate way, sooner rather than later.


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Rebecca Manley, is a trained coach and a member of the International Coach Federation as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) . Rebecca is best known for her work in eating disorder awareness and prevention. Rebecca has published her curriculum entitled, “Teaching Body Confidence” which has been featured on the televised news programs World News Tonight on ABC News, 48 Hours news on CBS as well as many other national and local stations. In addition to body image, Rebecca also specialize in treating anxiety related to school, sports, family and social relationships.

Rebecca Manley is also the founder of MEDA, Inc, also known as the Multi-service Eating Disorders Association. MEDA is a national organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. MEDA serves as a resource to those struggling with eating disorders and their families. MEDA also serves as a support network for schools and universities as well as a training program for professionals offering a comprehensive internship program, supervision groups and a national conference held every spring. Now twenty-five years old, MEDA is internationally known for its unique treatment model as well as for its innovative educational programming.


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