The role of Dietitians in Eating Disorder and Disordered Eating treatment
With new access to funding options including dietitians the question is often asked, what does a dietitian do in Eating Disorder Treatment? The evidence and literature are clear, if early nutritional rehabilitation is achieved in undernourished clients, beneficial medical and psychological interventions can be achieved in a shorter period of time reducing the journey to recovery, enhance quality of life, and resulting in reduced risk of long-term health consequences.
However, this is only part of the story. A dietitian is a crucial part of the treatment team beyond ‘renourishing undernourished clients’. The dietitian is an expert in individualised nutritional plans assisting clients to meet their nutritional requirements and navigating false and misleading nutritional information within the current social climate.
Dietitians are experts in building and individual’s ability to combat mixed messaging between recovery and diet culture as well as addressing disordered eating behaviours and fear of foods or food restriction in a safe and understanding environment. We aim to achieve not only nutritional adequacy, but balanced nutrition, a sustainable eating pattern, good relationship to food and self-compassion.
Food Mind Body works with four fundamental areas:
Enjoy a variety of nourishing food
Positively manage your thoughts and emotions
Appreciate and accept your unique body
Practice self‐compassion and kindness
Whether addressing specific issues with food, mind, body or self the dietitian can work with a multidisciplinary team to guide clients through their concerns with empathy and understanding in order to achieve beneficial outcomes for specific illness, early intervention, disordered eating or eating disorder recovery.
Food Mind Body are dietitians specialising in Eating Concerns. Funding and rebate options are available through Medicare Enhanced Primary Care, Team Care Arrangement, Eating Disorder Plan, Private Health, NDIS and Work Cover.
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