Podcast Episode 095: Boys & Body Image – Heather Mangieri & Amy Reed

Jul 25, 2018

“Eating disorders and disordered eating do not discriminate – both males and females suffer, sometimes silently. We need to look for the signs.” – Heather Mangieri

“I worry how young boys view what an ideal body should be. I worry that what is out there in the media is not attainable for most.” – Amy Reed

We are beginning to see more body diversity for girls and women in the media and social media…But what about boys? What messages are they getting about body size/shape and what images are they seeing? Are boys less likely to talk about body image? If these thoughts and feelings aren’t addressed could they contribute to disordered eating? What can parents, coaches and healthcare professionals do to be more aware and supportive? My guests today, Heather Mangieri and Amy Reed, help me work through these questions and more around boys and body image.

Heather at Camelback Mountain

Heather at Camelback Mountain.

Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, CSSD is a nationally recognized expert in nutrition, wellness & human performance, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a board-certified specialist in Sports Dietetics and the author of Fueling Young Athletes (Human Kinetics, 2017). She has over 18 years of professional experience working in the areas of healthy living/wellness, sports nutrition/adolescent sports nutrition, weight management and disordered eating. Her company, Heather Mangieri Nutrition, provides food, fitness and nutrition consulting and communication services for organizations, companies and individual clients.

Orthorexia can start off very innocently with someone wanting to eat a “clean” diet or change what they view as an unhealthy eating habit….and it just gets taken to the extreme. – Heather Mangieri

Amy with her family

Amy with her family, after the dune climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Amy Reed, MS, RDN, CSP, LD is a registered dietitian and a board-certified specialist in pediatrics from Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed a pediatric fellowship at Riley Children’s Hospital through Indiana University and has a Masters in Nutrition Science from the University of Cincinnati. Amy worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for over 18 years and covered various clinical areas, including critical care, gastroenterology, general outpatient clinics, and the interdisciplinary feeding team. She now owns her own private practice and consulting business, Amy Reed Nutrition.


Tune in to hear a candid conversation between three boy-moms and registered dietitians. We talk about different body types, bullying, disordered eating, role modeling, and important tips for navigating the waters of boys and body image.


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What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • Why social media has had such a huge impact on boy’s and men’s perceptions of their bodies.
  • How sports can contribute to disordered eating among young boys and teens.
  • How a poor body image can negatively affect sports performance.
  • What experiences prompted the three of us to become concerned with influence over our own boys’ body image.
  • The temptation to treat girls differently than boys when it comes to weight, nutrition and eating.
  • How we can engage with our boys more about their thoughts and feelings about their bodies.
  • How locker room dynamics may exacerbate the issues of boys and body image.
  • What orthorexia is and how it may be affecting our children. 

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Featured on the Show:

The American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting

The American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting is in Baltimore on August 17-20. Register today!

AADE has been engaging peer support community members in programming for nearly 10 years and continues the effort this year by bringing attention to mental health and the value of peer support through these sessions.

August 17thListen and Learn: The Perspectives of a Panel of People with Diabetes

(Anna Norton and Shelby Kinnaird will participate in this panel)

August 18thEngaging Friends, Families and More: Barriers and Opportunities

August 19thThe Educator’s Role in Advocating Peer Support: Why, When and How?

August 20th – General Session: Peer Support Communities: Improving Mental Health for People with Diabetes. Let’s Talk About It!

Mary de Groot, PhD, will facilitate this panel presentation. Anna Norton, CEO with Diabetes Sisters will be a panel member along with several other healthcare providers.

August 20thCollege Transition Planning for Teens and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

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Save the Date! Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium 2019 is in Scottsdale, Arizona May 19-22!

Music by Dave Birk

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  1. Ashley Pratt-Cordova on July 27, 2018 at 9:14 am

    This was an awesome podcast. I’m a regular listener and I appreciate all the knowledge. I am passionate about sports nutrition as well as pediatric nutrition, so this was a real treat! Keep up the good work!

    • Melissa Dobbins on July 27, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Thanks Ashley!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this episode and the podcast overall. I appreciate your kind words, too!
      Good luck on the book giveaway!

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