Laura Eickman, Founder of REbeL, To Speak At National Eating Disorder Association Conference on Oct. 12

October 4, 2013

Annie Hellweg
(913) 461-5404


Eickman to present on building self-esteem and combating disordered eating

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dr. Laura Eickman, founder of REbeL, a student-driven peer education and prevention program designed to address disordered eating and body image concerns, will present at the National Eating Disorder Association’s Annual Conference (NEDA) on Oct. 12 in Washington, D.C. Her presentation, titled “REbeL Peer Education: Theories and Examples of an Eating Disorder Prevention Program Based on Dissonance, Health at Every Size and Mindfulness” will highlight the work of the REbeL peer education program.
“Over the past five years, we have seen the tremendous impact a dissonance-based prevention program like REbeL can have on the lives of youth who are struggling with body image issues,” explains Eickman. “Presenting at NEDA’s annual conference is an important step in the continued growth of REbeL and a critical opportunity to share the successes of our program with those who can impart change.”

NEDA’s annual conference will be held Oct. 10-12, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. NEDA is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Officially formed in 2001 (previously known as Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, or EDAP), the organization reaches millions each year, campaigning for prevention, access to treatment and funds for research. NEDA’s annual conference brings together professionals, researchers and educators to discuss the latest in eating disorder prevention and research. Eickman has previously presented at NEDA’s conference, in 1999 as a college student.

REbeL focuses on educating, training and empowering youth. The program first educates members on eating disorders and body image issues, emphasizing the importance of health and encouraging students to be introspective – evaluating their own thoughts and feelings about their appearance. Students are then educated on topics including the prevalence of eating and body image issues, the inefficacy of diets, the impact of negative self-talk and media literacy. After continuous training and education over the course of a year, students become the educators and initiators, creating a dissonance-based leadership style and encouraging students to develop their own solutions to problems. Since REbeL was founded in 2008, more than a dozen students who have participated in the program in high school have chosen to pursue degrees and careers aimed at the prevention of eating and body image concerns. .


About REbeL
REbeL is a peer education program, founded in 2008 by Laura Eickman, Psy.D., that aims to change the definition of beauty and health for individuals of all ages. REbeL was originally piloted as a student group at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., to promote an environment that would build self-esteem and confidence among youth, while combating disordered eating and body image issues that have become increasingly prevalent among young men and women. The organization has since grown into a not-for-profit, launching additional chapters in Kansas area high schools and recently extending their reach to middle schools, recognizing that combating body image issues begins at a young age. In addition to peer education, the organization also hosts the annual Walk to REbeL, along with numerous community events including parent education workshops and classroom presentations. To learn more about REbeL, visit or contact Laura Eickman at; (913)-660-4650.