The Appetite  Episode 97: Reflections on Netflix’s Cheer: Thoughts from the Eating Disorder Treatment World on Team Culture


Did you tune into Netflix’s docuseries, Cheer? What did you think of the Navarro team culture portrayed? In light of all the tv-watching that’s been happening while sheltering in place, we decided to keep it casual for this episode and chat about our perspective on this inspiring and intense show that follows the Navarro College cheer squad as they train for competitive cheerleading championships in Daytona, Florida. Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS is one of Opal’s Co-Founders, head of the Exercise + Sport program, eating disorder expert, and a former collegiate athlete. She chats with host and therapist Carter Umhau, LMHC, about the coaching style of Monica Aldama, and how it straddles the lines between a demand for perfectionism versus excellence, discipline versus dogma, all while creating a true team family. As professionals that work closely with those struggling with compulsive exercise, athlete identity, and eating disorders, Kara and Carter had a lot to talk about!




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Music by Aaron Davidson:

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Host and Producer Carter Umhau: