Dietetic Guidance and Support
Nutrition is an integrative aspect of our input. The Specialist Dietitian’s role is to educate individuals on what their body needs to survive as well as to develop confidence in living a healthier life. If it is helpful, a meal plan may be offered after consultation with the client to redress a balance of their nutritional needs. The focus is not on weight gain or loss unless there is a physical/medical risk that may jeopardise their input at EDS, this would be discussed with the person concerned. Regular meeting with the dietitian will help the clients to work through their needs and difficulties.
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