Eating disorders have never been as rampant as they are today, and the Jewish community is far from immune to this problem. In the last decade alone we have seen a steady rise in the scope and severity of eating disorders National Institute of Mental Health reports that 2.7% of teens, between the ages of 13-18 years old, struggle with an eating disorder. According to the Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders, 25% of college aged women engage in binging and purging as a method of managing their weight. Seminary students are particularly vulnerable, as they are contending with the challenges of academic rigor, being in a foreign country and living far from home.

Eating disorders are complex mental health problems that often have physical manifestations, which can be life threatening. Coordinating care with medical providers in patients with extreme low weight or physical manifestations of the eating disorder is crucial. Depending on the severity of the problem, treatment may occur in inpatient , residential, day hospital or outpatient settings.

This is where the The Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem comes in.

The Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem, under the auspices of AIM, is a Jerusalem-based center for young adults suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder. With an emphasis on multidisciplinary teamwork, the Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem takes a holistic approach in providing patients with comprehensive recovery programs tailored to their individual needs.

The Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem caters to the needs of seminary students from abroad as well as locals for whom outpatient clinics are not viable due to a number of reasons, including disruption to schooling/family life and/or incompatibility with religious lifestyle.

The Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem tackles the many facets of eating disorders, addressing patients’ medical, psychological, nutritional, social and spiritual needs. The collaborative staff of the Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem is comprised of physicians, nutritionists, and mental health professionals and mentors with extensive training and experience with adolescents and eating disorders, who can successfully contend with the dangers of eating disorders, their underlying issues and co-morbid disorders.

At the helm of the The Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem is Dr. Lazar Fruchter, Medical Director of AIM. Dr. Fruchter has served as the medical director of AIM since its founding in 1990 and has worked with eating disordered seminary students for over ten years. Additionally, as the The Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem is run under the auspices of AIM, the Clinic has the benefit of contacts with top doctors and specialists throughout the country, and an established network of professionals which enables the staff to cut through much of the bureaucracy endemic to the medical establishment. Thus, patients at the The Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem benefit from the best possible care, while maintaining their daily routine and lifestyle as much as possible.

Eating disorders pose serious problems, in the short- and long-term, and have many negative implications and ramifications. The Eating Disorder Clinic of Jerusalem is the ideal solution, providing patients’ ongoing medical, emotional and nutritional care on their road to full recovery. The center evaluates the patients present physical, psychological and nutritional state. A team conference then decides on the best course of care for that individual and presents their report.