• Eating Disorders and Weight Concerns

    Eating disorders are common conditions which often go undiagnosed or undertreated in routine medical care. In addition to anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, there is a continuum of disordered eating that can involve an unhealthy relationship with food and physical activity. Our providers and staff have extensive training and experience in the recognition and treatment of eating disorders. We offer a safe non-judgmental environment where patients can seek medical care for eating disorders, including initial medical assessment, management of symptoms and medical complications of eating disorders, and management of other concurrent psychiatric conditions, such as depression and anxiety. We collaborate closely with dietitians, therapists, and psychiatrists in the community to provide a collaborative, team-based approach to their care. We are also connected with residential and inpatient eating disorders facilities in the area and across the country, and assist patients in the referral process to these facilities when indicated. It can take courage to seek help for an eating disorder, but individuals can begin the process of recovery with the help of an experienced and caring team of providers.

    Our approach to weight, including overweight and obesity, is different than the standard in most health care environments. We take the focus away from the number on the scale and instead focus on positive behavior changes and monitoring of overall health and wellness. We recognize that one’s weight does not simply equate to disease risk. We offer a compassionate non-diet approach that involves evaluating for disordered eating, acceptance of body diversity, and discussing principles of intuitive eating. Dietitians and psychotherapists are often important team members in addressing weight concerns. We provide a safe place for individuals to discuss their struggle with weight and eating behaviors, and a place where there is no shame or judgement. We focus on learning to recognize the body’s natural hunger and satiety cues as the steps to intuitive eating. With this help, it is possible to begin to steer away from the cycle of dieting and to begin to focus on positive behaviors and wellness.