Adolescent Emotional Eating

Behavioral Health Behavioral Health
Intense emotional experiences and stressful events affect everyone differently. Sometimes emotions can have an impact on eating, which can lead to under-eating, binge eating, bingeing and purging, or other food-related problems. When these issues are not severe enough to require an inpatient eating disorders program, our unique Emotional Eating Program can help.

Designed for teens suffering from both disordered eating patterns and mood disorders, this unique program helps them understand the connection between emotion dysregulation and eating behaviors, while offering alternative coping strategies and healthier life by understanding what drives the emotional eating. Comprehending those driven factors can help the adolescent take steps to change the maladaptive pattern of behavior.

Treatment is offered at the partial hospital and intensive outpatient levels of care, and includes a comprehensive evaluation by a board certified psychiatrist, an individualized treatment plan, evidence-based treatment, group and individual therapy, medication management, nutritional counseling and supportive meals, family therapy, psychoeducation groups, and expressive therapies like yoga, art, and writing.


Through this program, we help our patients to:

  • Reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and traumatic disorders
  • Understand the connection between disordered eating and emotions
  • Learn dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills for healthier coping strategies
  • Understand body image issues
  • Address any co-occurring substance abuse issues
  • Increase self-compassion
  • Increase skills to manage feelings in order to more effectively function in life


Depending on needs, treatment options include:

  • Partial hospital program: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. five days per week
  • Intensive outpatient program: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. three days per week
  • Lunch is provided for full-day programs, and free transportation may be available within defined areas.


Learn about our Princeton Center for Eating Disorders at Princeton Medical Center.