Nutritional Therapy for the Treatment of Eating Disorders

 
In the United States, as many as 10 million females and one million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia. Approximately 25 million more are struggling with binge eating disorder (Crowther et al., 1992; Fairburn et al., 1993; Gordon, 1990; Hoek, 1995; Shisslak et al., 1995). 

Because of the secretiveness and shame associated with eating disorders, many cases are probably not reported. In addition, many individuals struggle with body dissatisfaction and sub-clinical disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. Nutrition Specialists, in conjunction with a professional psychotherapist, will work together to offer a unique, confidential, multi-disciplinary approach in the treatment of eating disorders.

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“Multidisciplinary approach” Goals:

  • To coordinate the work of various care providers
  • To decrease redundancy in   assessing the patient’s situation
  • To allow for more timely intervention with patients
  • To provide a clear consistent  message to patients about their individual conditions and treatments
  • Based on current research and uses the best practices for each patient
  • Encourages the identification of personal strengths
  • Strives for weight and body   acceptance
  • Focuses on the recognition of ineffective methods of dealing with food, exercise and body satisfaction
  • Defines alternative ways of dealing with food, exercise and body satisfaction
  • Simulates the environment created by many treatment centers
  • Allows for instant feedback from all members involved in the treatment
  • Provides patient and patient’s family with a large support system

Following the MNT guidelines, specific individual nutritional assessments and treatment plans are designed for each patient. Disordered eating diagnoses include but are not limited to:

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge Eating
  • Eating Disorders Otherwise Unspecified
  • Anorexia Athletic
  • Bigorexia
  • Orthorexia Nervosa
  • Rumination Syndrome

please visit the links below for more information:

www.healthline.com/health/bulimia/effects-on-body

www.healthline.com/health/anorexia-nervosa#Overview1