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Welcome, REbeL parents!

Our Program
REbeL is a peer education program that focuses on promoting positive body image, self-esteem, and combating factors that limit our youth’s potential and in some cases, put adolescents at risk for developing an eating disorder — such as dieting, the drive for thinness in girls and the drive for muscularity in boys, the damaging effects of the media, and bullying, to name a few. We strive to develop adolescents into kind, self-assured, media literate individuals who focus more on who they are rather than what they look like. We equip them with leadership skills and confidence, and we empower them to be agents of positive change in their schools and local communities.

Resources for Parents
Here you will find a number of resources related to body image, eating & weight, eating disorders, and media literacy. We’ve also included additional information about REbeL and recommended reading. This page will continue to evolve overtime. If you would like more information on a particular subject, please let us know.

We do provide a number of resources related to eating disorders. We aim to increase public understanding of eating disorders to combat stigma and to provide guidance in knowing what signs to watch for, expressing your concerns, and seeking help. If you would like additional resources related to eating disorders or a list of local providers, please contact Jessica, the Program Director.

For more information about REbeL or if you would like to learn how to get more involved, please visit our website.

All Body Image Eating & Weight Eating Disorders Media Literacy REbeL Recommended Reading

Body Image Tips for Parents

This is a valuable resource for parents looking for simple tips to helping improve their child’s body image.

Teaching Body Image

As parents, you can help your children develop positive body image by being a positive role model and setting good examples. Simple comments and “fat falk” can be harmful and contribute to the development of an eating disorders. It’s important to know what to and what not to do and say to set your child on the path to a healthy relationship with their body.

Building A Healthy Body Image

This resource is helpful for understanding the basics of body image and building a healthy body image for males & females.

Your Childs Weight: Helping Without Harming

Many parents express concern about their child’s weight. Developed by Ellyn Satter, Registered Dietitian and expert in eating and feeding in children, this handout addresses common concerns about children’s eating habits and weight and provides guidance in helping your child find the weight and body that nature intended.

Mindful Eating Tips

Have you heard of mindful eating? This is one of REbeL’s core foundations. Learning to put trust in our bodies and to eat mindfully is key in helping your child develop a healthy relationship with food and their body. if you’re interested in learning more, we have provided this handout containing seven basic mindful eating principles.

50 Ways to Lose the 3 D’s

This handout is intended for parents, educators, coaches, and others who work with young people. We can teach kids to lose the 3 D’s — dieting, the drive for thinness, and body dissatisfaction — to aid in the prevention of disordered eating, body hatred, and eating disorders.

Eating Disorders | A Resource for Parents

This is a comprehensive resource for parents containing information to help parents understand what an eating disorder is, how it is developed and maintained in an individual, and how a parent can support their child in moving towards recovery.

Eating Disorder Red Flags: Know the Warning Signs

Knowing the warning signs for eating disorders can lead to early intervention, which is key in improving eating disorder treatment outcomes. It’s important to seek help early on from trained professionals. We have included other resources to help parents intervene and take the next steps toward treatment.

What Causes Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex and look different from person-to-person. A number of biological, psychological, and environmental factors contribute to the development of eating disorders. Learning about eating disorders is key for prevention, early intervention, and improved treatment outcomes.

Neurologics of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are brain-based — meaning that the brain plays a major role in their development and is a target for treatment. This resource thoroughly explains the neurological basis of eating disorders and answers many of loved ones’ common questions.

Myth Buster

Myths about eating disorders are rampant in our culture. It is important to understand eating disorders in order to reduce negative stigma and to improve treatment outcomes through early intervention. We have debunked some of the most common myths surrounding eating disorders. Test your knowledge!

First Steps to Getting Help

Receiving appropriate treatment is the first step towards recovery. To determine the proper level of care needed, it’s important to be evaluated by practitioners with knowledge of eating disorders. This resource details common initial assessments performed in order to make a diagnosis & determine the next steps.

Youth & Media Usage

In REbeL, we aim to teach teens to become media literate. As a parent, you can teach and reinforce these concepts at home by talking to your teen about their media usage.

Tips for Becoming a Critical Viewer of the Media

One of the best ways we can protect ourselves and teens from the damaging effects of the media’s narrow portrayal of beauty and acceptability is to become critical viewers of the media. Here are some tips for becoming media literate!

What Do You REbeL Against Video

Starring some of our very own REbeL members, this short video captures in a very simple way what we do and the ways in which we encourage teens to “rebel.”

Teen Activism in Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery

Written by REbeL founder, Laura Eickman, Psy.D. and Carmen Cool, MA, LPC, founder of Boulder Youth Body Alliance, this article, published in 2015, highlights the benefits and importance of peer-driven programs like REbeL to aid in the prevention of and recovery from eating disorders. Supported by the latest research, this article describes how teenagers can be powerful and influential players in the work of transforming cultural attitudes and beliefs about weight, health, and body image.

REbeL Infographic

REbeL was founded to combat the statistics surrounding the increasing prevalence of eating disorders and body image issues in our culture. We work against these statistics, hoping to make the world a better place to live in our bodies.

REbeL Flyer

Want to know the basics of REbeL? This flyer will provide you with the answers & important contact information for REbeL staff.

The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders by Marcia Herrin

This solution-focused book focuses on the family, teaching parents how to examine and understand their family’s approach to food and body-image issues and its effect their child’s behavior. After reading, parents will learn to identify an eating disorder early, to establish healthy attitudes toward food at a young age, and to intervene in a nonthreatening, nonjudgmental way. It also contains references to further reading.

Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michele Siegel

Initially published in 1988, this was one of the first books to offer effective support and solutions for family, friends, and all others who are the “silent sufferers” of eating disorders. This updated and revised edition provides the latest information on how parents, spouses, friends, and professionals can thoughtfully determine the right course of action in their individual situations.

I’m Like SO Fat by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

Blending her experience as the mother of four with results from a survey of nearly 5,000 teens, Dr. Diane Neumark-Sztainer shows you how to respond constructively to “fat talk,” counteract negative media messages, and give your kids the straight story about nutrition and calories, the dangers of dieting, and eating right when they’re away from home. This book is filled with ideas to help your teen develop a positive body image and learn to make healthy choices surrounding eating and exercise.