Psychiatry

Eating and Weight Disorders

The Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program offers innovative, proven treatment. Our psychotherapists and psychiatrists work with children, adolescents, and adults who have issues related to food that affect their health. We can help with disorders that make you avoid food or severely limit or restrict what you eat, preventing you from getting the nourishment you need, or overeating that also causes health issues. Our staff specializes in treating a range of conditions, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, and obesity.

Integrated with one of Mount Sinai’s psychiatry research centers of excellence programs, our clinicians understand underlying biological and psychological factors that can lead to feeding and eating disorders or obesity. Our clinicians and researchers collaborate on developing novel interventions to treat feeding, eating, and body image disturbances with regular and intensive outpatient programs. We also offer a bariatric surgery evaluation program. 

About Eating Disorders

The American Psychiatric Association classifies eating disorders as mental health disorders. These conditions have complex causes ranging from psychological to biological risk factors. Eating disorders often lead to physical illness with extreme symptoms, making it especially important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

Determining whether you, a family member, or friend has a problem with food or weight is complicated. It takes time for the results of an eating disorder to be noticeable. Obesity is observable, but the cause may be less obvious and may develop over time. Most eating disorders can go undetected until the resulting health issue is so severe, that the need for treatment becomes urgent. The time it takes to recognize that someone has an eating disorder compounds the risk of causing lasting damage.

Early intervention is very important. Certain symptoms, such as occasional purging or binge eating, can eventually evolve into a full-blown eating disorder. Moreover, early identification and treatment of feeding and eating disorders is associated with a good chance at long-term recovery. There are effective treatments for various stages of these illnesses. 

Our Philosophy

We rely on science to inform our treatment approaches, using interventions that are evidence-based and effective. Our treatment programs aim at providing the tools needed to help prevent relapse. We tailor treatments to your specific needs. Keeping in mind both patient and family, we create an individualized treatment plan that ensures that you receive the personalized care you need.