Eating, Emotions, and Health - NAMI-NYC

Eating, Emotions, and Health

January Public Education event

The interactions between food, feelings, physical health, and mental health are complex and multifaceted, and only beginning to be understood. Food is a basic need and as such brings up visceral emotions for many people. Food can also be associated with other basic needs – like love, care, belonging, and autonomy – that bring up their own emotions. Unfortunately, public conversations about food and physical and mental health often flatten these complex and deeply personal interactions and associations into generalizations about “good” and “bad” foods and diets – not to mention “good” and “bad” bodies. This can be deeply destructive to our mental and emotional health in ways that sometimes go unnoticed. Join us to discuss this complex topic with experts from The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders. We will discuss the basics of disordered eating, diet culture, the Health at Every Size approach, and advocating for better care from both mental health and medical professionals.

How to Join

This presentation is offered through Zoom. You must register with a valid email address. This is because all the information you need to join – link or phone number to call in – will be provided via email. You will find that information in your confirmation email when you register, and in reminders before the event. If you don’t have an email address, call our Helpline at 212-684-3264 – we can help.

Please note that unfortunately we are not able to offer education credits or certificates of completion or attendance for our public events.


ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided in the Zoom meeting. Please select “ASL” as your preferred language when checking out or go to the Spanish registration page once it is available.

Automatic closed captions will also be enabled.

Interpretación en español será disponible! La página de registro en español estará disponible pronto – vuelve pronto a esta página.

About Our Speakers

Sheba Antony, LMHC, NCC (she/her/hers) is a team leader and therapist at the Renfrew Center of New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at CUNY Brooklyn College and master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She also serves as Research Liaison on the board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals New York Chapter (iaedpny). She is proud to be a South Asian therapist and she has a passion for delivering eating disorder care to BIPOC populations.

Kasey Walls is a nationally board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) providing care to individuals across the lifespan with a variety of mental health problems. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Robert Morris University. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, as well as teaching clinical experiences for undergraduate nursing students at Carlow University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University. She has worked for The Renfrew Center since spring 2019, providing care for patients with disordered eating in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs in Pittsburgh, PA and White Plains, NY.