Lifestyle and Weight Change


Association of Professionals Treated Eating Disorders (APTED)
A consortium of local therapists that assist individuals with eating disorders with group sessions, low-fee services, and other resources.

Bariatric and Metabolic Interdisciplinary Clinic at Stanford Hospital
A clinic offering multidisciplinary, surgical, and non-surgical approaches to treating obesity.

Bariatric Surgery
There are 4 major surgery providers in San Francisco: 3 of the offices (Drs. Cirangle, Jossart, and Rabkin) are affiliated with the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC).

CPMC Weight Management Program

John Muir Health Weight Loss Surgery
2540 East St., Concord, CA 94520
Main Phone: 925-682-8200
Weight Loss Surgery: 800-710-6111

Obesity and Weight Management Clinic at the UCSF Medical Center
They offer customized weight management plans including weight loss techniques, dietary plans, exercise programs, and behavior modification, as well as support groups and educational lectures.
1701 Divisadero Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94143-2105

The Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
The clinic brings together doctors, nutritionists, exercise physiologists and psychologists with expertise diagnosing and treating childhood obesity.


Center for Obesity Treatment, University of California, San Diego Medical School
Offers group, individual, and family programs for weight loss and binge eating for adults, teens, and children.
8950 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite B-122
San Diego, CA 92037

Duke Diet and Fitness Center
A variety of therapeutic, residential weight management programs helping people affected by excess weight and impaired physical fitness achieve better health through weight loss, physical conditioning, and improved self-care habits.
501 Douglas Street
Durham, NC 27705

A family-based, pediatric weight management program that teaches the entire family how to eat more nutritiously, make exercise a fun part of the daily routine, form health habits, and to like themselves, regardless of size.
8733 Beverly Blvd., Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90048

De-Stress & Be Mindful

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Classes

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF
The Osher Center offers eight-week MBSR classes throughout the year, as well as many other classes and lectures on mind-body medicine.
Phone: 415-353-7718

Awareness and Relaxation Training, Peninsula and South Bay
Bob Stahl, PhD, offers eight-week MBSR training classes throughout the year in Mountain View, Los Gatos, San Jose, and Santa Cruz.

On the Bookshelf

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, 3rd Edition by Robert M. Sapolsky

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

On the Web

Stress management information from the Mayo Clinic, "a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education from all walks of life."

The Dopamine Made Me Do It - Food and Sugar Addiction Resources

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, is a 12-step program of recovery for anyone who suffers from overeating, under eating, bulimia, or obsession with food, weight or body size. There are no dues or fees, and meetings are open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively. They have meetings throughout the Bay Area (and nationally).

The Food Addiction Institute (FAI) is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to support the healing of all food addicts.

Addictions Unplugged: The Power is Ours is a website founded by Dr. Vera Tarman, MD, MSc, FCFP, CASAM in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Tarman has focused her medical practice on addiction treatment and recovery. She is a specialist in addiction behavior and treatment, and speaks on the topics of the science behind food addiction and why we use food for comfort.

Overeaters Anonymous

What We Are Currently Reading

Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful: How to End Your Struggle with Mindless Eating and Start Savoring Food with Intention and Joy by Susan Albers

Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! by Kris Carr

The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now! by Mark Hyman

Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop by Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes

Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It by Kelly Brownell and Katherine Battle Horgen