Dr. James E. Mitchell Comments on Weight Loss and Addiction

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date


Campus Unit

University of North Dakota


Dr. James Mitchell, Chairman and Professor of Psychiatry for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Neuroscience, has gained a lot of attention recently for his work with a bariatric study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Most recently he was quoted in the Maitland Mercury, Australia’s oldest daily newspaper, about how individuals who deal with food addictions can oftentimes transfer that addictive behavior to new substances when trying to lose weight, or after having bariatric surgery.

In June, Dr. Mitchell was also cited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in its announcement of a new study on the effects of depression and anxiety on weight loss after bariatric surgery.

Dr. Mitchell is a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor at The University of North Dakota, and serves at the University’s Medical Education Center in Fargo.