Eating Disorders Q&Aby Dara Bergen, MPH, RD, CDN
How does a dietitian help with eating disorder recovery?
In some cases, EDs involve misconceptions about foods and over-reactions to them. One of a dietitian's first tasks is educating the ED patient about how food works and how different components of foods, such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates interrelate. When it comes to recovery from an ED, treatment requires that the patient eats a balanced diet. It’s part of the healing process and, for success, the body’s needs must be met. The dietitian shows why the body needs to be fed and how to best meet its needs.
Why is a custom meal plan important?
Everyone is different, and every ED takes a different toll. When malnourishment occurs, working back to a balanced, healthy diet may take transitional steps. Not only does a dietitian interpret the ED patient’s immediate needs into a practical meal plan, they guide the journey back to a balanced diet, making changes and adaptations along the way. It’s an important aspect of ED treatment that the patient returns to a healthy state, upon which they complete their recovery.
Do all dietitians specialize in ED recovery?
Not necessarily. Since America faces challenges with chronic obesity, many dietitians focus on weight loss. It’s important for an ED patient to pair with a dietitian familiar with the unique needs of these disorders.
Forest Hills Wellness dietitians and nutritionists have the background and experience with ED treatment to guide an ED patient through both the recovery and maintenance stages of their disorder. If you’re currently battling an eating disorder, call or schedule an appointment online at Forest Hills Wellness. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance. Dara Bergen and her state of the art team will get you on the road to recovery and answer any questions you may have along the way.