Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

In the News

Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, dietitian in the Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program, was quoted by a Community Health Magazine on the benefits of a Mediterranean diet.
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Kelly Allison, PhD, director of Clinical Services at the Penn Center for Weight and Eating Disorders spoke with FOX 29 about binge eating, which is now recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a true medical condition. 
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Kelly Allison, PhD, associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and director of clinical services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, was quoted in a WebMDarticle about the differences and similarities between binge eating and night eating disorders.
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A Delaware News Journal article about healthy eating included comments from Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, dietitian in the Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LD, a registered dietician with the Stunkard Weight Management Program, tells WHYY Radio why people should eat vegetables. 
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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.

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