Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterised by weight loss, or lack of appropriate weight gain, and/or difficulties maintaining body weight. Anorexia nervosa is a complex condition and can be accompanied by emotional and psychological components such as a distorted body image. The severity of the condition can range from mild to severe and chronic. It can result in extreme dieting or starvation which can pose a multitude of adverse health outcome. Being a complex and multi-faceted condition, treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach with a dietitian being an integral part of the professional team.
As part of the dietitian’s role, they can offer objective nutritional advice and guide the patient to develop an improved and healthy relationship with food. Dietitians have comprehensive knowledge and a unique skillset that filters into all areas including physiology, psychology, and behaviour change. Their specialist role extends to assisting patients to achieve a dietary intake that meets appropriate nutritional requirements and providing support around creating positive relationships with food and nutrition education. Weight restoration is best managed using normal foods under the guidance of a dietitian. Chat to our dietitian today for more information on how they can have a key role as part of your multidisciplinary team for management of anorexia nervosa.