Understanding Disordered Eating in Youth

with Emily Raymond

Understanding Disordered Eating in Youth

Episode 29, Season 4 | March 7, 2024

Show Notes

Join us today for this conversation on eating disorders with Michael Manzano, MS, Doctoral Intern in Clinical Psychology at Children’s Health Council (CHC) and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. We begin by talking about the behaviors you might see with disordered eating, from picky eating to extreme dieting, to binging and purging. We also discuss preventive measures that include fostering a positive relationship with food and body and early identification. And, spoiler alert! One of the most important things you can do as a parent/caregiver is to model what you want to see in your child by promoting a healthy, neutral (not positive or negative) body image. Join us as we navigate this sensitive yet crucial topic, offering valuable insights and practical advice for promoting well-being and preventing disordered eating in children.

Guest Info
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Michael is a 6th year graduate student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, emphasizing in behavioral medicine and child/adolescent psychopathology. Clinically, he has experience delivering CBT, DBT, ERP, and FBT informed interventions to children, adolescents, and families, including youth with anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), binge eating disorder (BED), and other specified eating and feeding disorders (OSFED). He is currently completing his clinical internship through Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and CHC, including working as part of Stanford's Comprehensive Care Program which is a medical stabilization unit for youth with eating disorders. Previously, Michael gained experience as an inpatient therapist in the Rady Children's Hospital Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU). He has also worked as part of the UC San Diego Health Eating Disorder Center Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program and Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, where he gained experience delivering FBT for AN and BN as well as CBT for ARFID. Michael will begin a Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowship as part of the UCSF Eating Disorders Program this upcoming summer, where he will continue to develop his expertise in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders in youth and young adults across both inpatient and outpatient settings.


Thuy is a bilingual psychotherapist at CHC. She has over 16 years of experiences working with children, youth and families in various capacities. She has a passion to promote the integration of individual, family and community healing. Before coming to CHC, Thuy was a Sr. Social Worker and Foster Family Agency Administrator working with minors who were seeking legal status as refugees, asylees, undocumented youth and victims of human trafficking. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Thuy hopes to offer mental and behavioral health services to those facing unprecedented challenges with transitions and/or individuals coping with trauma, depression, ADHD, anxiety and learning differences. Thuy considers herself a worry-worker, someone who assists individuals identify and utilize their inner resilience to cope with life’s stressors and adversities.