What is the dietician’s role in mental health?
Mental health and physical health are interlinked. Many mental health disorders can directly impact your physical health and the reverse is also true. Feeling depressed or anxious can profoundly impact day-to-day functioning, including being able to eat properly or do any physical activity. This can lead to an increased risk for other chronic diseases like diabetes, respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The dietician is a fundamental part of a multidisciplinary team involved in the care of client with mental health conditions. Good nutrition and a healthy, balanced lifestyle can improve physical and mental health outcomes and quality of life.
What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are a type of mental health condition characterised by severe disturbances in eating behaviours and related thoughts and emotions.
It is common for someone with an ED to develop an unhealthy preoccupation with food and body size, weight or shape. Sometimes, an eating disorder can evolve out of a fear of nausea or vomiting, a lack of interest in food or sensory aversions to certain foods.
An eating disorder can be effectively treated with the help and support of a specialised multidisciplinary team of trained professionals.