Eating Disorder Management

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SPECIALITIES:
Wendy evaluates and treats patients with eating disorders and disordered eating including: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, female and male competitive athletes, picky eaters, failure to thrive, menstrual irregularities, PCOS, and children/teens with anxiety, depression, OCD. She works with children, adolescents and adults, individually or as a family.

Eating disorders are complex and require the help from not only a nutritionist, but also a therapist and physician as well. Making changes can be overwhelming. My aim would be to start slowly, one step at a time, in a way that would feel comfortable and safe for you. We will work together on rebuilding your relationship with food.

EXPERIENCE:
Wendy is currently a nutritionist at the Healthy Teen Project, where she works as part of multi-disciplinary team to provide treatment for teenagers struggling with eating disorders. Previously, she was the Head Adolescent Eating Disorder Dietitian for NS-LIJ’s Cohen’s Children’s Hospital of New York from 2001-2011. Wendy administered and analyzed over 1000 indirect calorimetry studies to determine adolescents’ metabolic needs. She has published research in the areas of metabolism, osteoporosis, and menstruation in adolescents (link to research articles).

DURING A SESSION:
During a session, we will discuss your symptoms, current concerns, and goals. I will review your medical and weight history, exercise routine, medications and supplements, and of course will review your overall nutritional foundation. We will explore whether your energy consumption matches your energy expenditure, whether your diet is balanced, how frequently you are eating throughout the day, your dietary quality as well as your consistency. We will also explore other concerns that may come up, such as whether there are “good” foods and “bad” foods, rituals around eating, and/or the avoidance of certain food groups. Using a collaborative approach, we will then come up with a game plan. This may include nutritional guidelines, recommendations, and/or a detailed meal plan.

Extra Support:
To support treatment, Wendy also offers:

  • Meal outings
  • In-office Meal Exposures
  • Grocery tours
  • Family based treatment
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