Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program

subpage feature

In the News

Five experts weigh in on approved weight loss methods for Men's Health, including David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program, who discussed ways to eliminate mindless munching.
Click for article

 

Kelly C. Allison, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, spoke about night eating syndrome in an Academy of Women's Health blog post.
Click for article

 

Psychology Today reports on night eating syndrome, originally described in the mid-1950s by Albert J. Stunkard, MD, professor of Psychiatry. Stunkard and his group, including Kelly C. Allison, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in the department of Psychiatry, had recommended that the night eating syndrome be included as an eating disorder in DSM-5 and proposed an updated constellation of symptoms.
Click for article

 

The Stunkard Weight Management Program is listed among Health.com's top 15 Medical Weight Loss Centers in the United States. The Stunkard Program develops a custom plan for physical, nutritional, and behavioral therapy for each patient following an initial evaluation.
Click for article

 

David Sarwer, PhD spoke with 6ABC about the link between obesity and abuse.  He explained that physical and emotional abuse can greatly affect your future when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.
Click for article

 

David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, was a featured guest on WHYY’s “Radio Times” to separate fact from fiction on weight loss and obesity.
Click for article

 

David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, was interviewed in a 6ABC report about using hypnotherapy for weight loss.
Click for article

 

David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, explained on WRTI Radio that a pace of one to two pounds per weeks sustained over time is the healthiest way to lose weight.
Click for article

 

Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LD, a registered dietician with the Stunkard Weight Management Program, tells WHYY Radio why people should eat vegetables.
Click for article


WHYY
interviewed David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, about the impact menu calorie counts have had on diners' choices.
Click for article


David Sarwer, PhD
commented in an MSNBC.com article on a new study that suggests eating a big breakfast may cause weight gain.
Click for article


Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, was interviewed in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the challenges baby boomers face with weight gain, diet and exercise.


WHYY Radio
interviews David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, in a story about weight gain during the holiday season.
Click for clip


A Philadelphia magazine article got the low down on local indulgences Philly's nutritionists, including Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with the Stunkard Weight Management Program, can't live without - and how to enjoy them without hurting your health.
Click for article


David Sarwer, PhD
, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, is interviewed on NBC 10 and explains a recent study that shows how resources on the web can act as an incentive to keep those pounds off.
Click for clip


Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, comments in a 6ABC story about a new fasting diet, which allows dieters to eat for only five consecutive hours each day. "Fasting for long periods of time isn’t healthy. There’s really not the evidence to support medically that this is the way to go," says Spivack.
Click for article


A Stunkard Weight Management Program patient is among the 100 guests who have lost more than 100 pounds on The Dr. Oz Show’s 100th episode. The patient, Randy, has lost an incredible 144 pounds since starting at the Stunkard Center in September 2009. The "Oz 100" guests provide their tips for losing weight and keeping it off, learn how their bodies have changed for the better without the extra weight, and exercise with Richard Simmons.
Click for clip - Maintaining weight loss segment
Click for clip - How weight loss impacts your body
Click for clip - Exercise segment
Click for article - Weight loss tips article


David Sarwer, PhD
, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, is quoted in a USA Today article regarding food allergies and complications experienced by allergy sufferers. This article also appears in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Click for article


Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with the Stunkard Weight Management Program, gives advice on healthy eating in a Philadelphia Inquirer article that discusses food as medicine.
Click for article


Andrea Spivak, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with the Stunkard Weight Management Program, was quoted in an article in the Delaware News Journal, which looks at the increased focus on vitamin D, spurred by several medical studies that have found the vitamin may play a more important role in the body than scientists ever thought.
Click for article


Andrea Spivack, RD, LDN, medical nutrition therapist and David Sarwer, PhD, director, of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, comment in a Prevention.com article on what people can do to make up for last night’s dinner.
Click for article


Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, Medical Nutrition Therapist with the Stunkard Weight Management Program, is quoted in a CBS 3 segment about a new burrito diet, noting that with the right kind of ingredients, the burrito diet can be a sensible plan.


Thomas Wadden, PhD
, Director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Center, comments in a USA Today article about the role of family member support during weight loss programs.
Click here to view the article at USA Today


Thomas Wadden, PhD
, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is quoted in a USA Weekend article about how to make healthy, long-term nutrition and lifestyle changes after the holidays.


The newly-launched Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program is featured in The Almanac and The Daily Pennsylvanian. Quoted in the articles are Albert J. Stunkard, MD, professor of Psychiatry; Thomas Wadden, PhD, professor of Psychology in Psychiatry; director, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders; executive director, Stunkard Weight Management Program; and David Sarwer, PhD, associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry; director of Clinical Services, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders; director, Stunkard Weight Management Program.
Click here to view the article in The Almanac.
Click here for The Daily Pennsylvanian article.


Albert Stunkard, MD, professor of Psychiatry, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is featured in an article that appeared in Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer about his 50 years of obesity research and the new Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program at Penn. Thomas Wadden, PhD, professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is also quoted throughout the article.
Click here to view the article on Philly.com