Eating disorders effect patients both psychologically and physiologically.
Therefore, treatments should combine expertise from both the registered healthcare professional such as the Dietitian and therapists to provide a comprehensive care package.
Role of the Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian
Registered dietitians must be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council, having obtained a BSc in Dietetics at University.
The role of the Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian within EDS is to offer nutritional information that is up to date, accurate and relevant to patients.
The symptoms of eating disorders are poor eating and unhealthy views around food which can lead to issues regarding food, diet, meal planning and health implications; these can be addressed by the dietitian.
What to expect during a dietetic session/meeting
After the initial assessment with the dietitian, clients will embark on a course of sessions with her. These sessions are offered to fit around the client’s other commitments but also his/her motivation to change. These sessions may include
- Menu planning
- Education around food, nutrition, how the body works
- Compensatory behaviours
- Prevention of over eating
- Eating together