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Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are psychiatric illnesses that affect
more than 10 million children, adolescents and adults, most of whom are between
the ages of 12 and 35. Eating disorders are not just about weight - they are
ways for people to cope with underlying emotional issues. The recovery process,
therefore, involves much more than treatment for the physical illness.
These disabling and often long-term illnesses typically result in depression,
shame and isolation. They disrupt families, interrupt schooling, damage careers
and destroy relationships. For some, the medical complications of eating
disorders may be deadly.
However, with proper treatment, individuals with eating disorders can develop
appropriate inner resources and look forward to once again living normal,
productive and happy lives.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's nationally recognized Eating Disorders Program
offers a multidisciplinary team approach to address the biological, psychiatric,
psychological and social issues related to the disease. Our comprehensive
services include individual, group and family therapy; medication management and
education; nutrition education; nursing education; self-help groups;
occupational therapy; and recreation therapy. We also hold specialized group
therapy sessions on topics such as body image, spirituality and women's
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's Eating Disorder Program offers a continuum of
services for the most common types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
The program has gained national recognition for increasing the awareness of
eating disorders. In 1999, the staff participated in the White House Mental
Health Conference. Since then, the program has been highlighted on nationally
televised programs, including NBC's Later Today and CBS' 48