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Dietetics and eating disorders

What is dietetics?

Dietetics is the application of the science of nutrition to the human being in health and disease. This work is carried out by dietitians.

Dietitians are qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional difficulties.

They can work with you to help make sense of the conflicting advice we hear day to day about eating healthily.

They use their skills and knowledge to make practical guidance; supporting people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices using up to date research on food and health.

What are the benefits?

Dietetics help support in making changes to your diet. They find a safe space to explore difficulties with certain foods and find practical solutions.

What kinds of things can I expect?

You will have the opportunity to explore some of the myths around eating that prevent an balanced food intake, and help you regain healthy beliefs around food. You will also talk about portion sizes and appropriate eating habits.

You will work together to educate and advise on your own personal requirements to help you achieve a balanced way of eating. You will have space to explore worries about foods and work on overcoming these.

Sessions can be held individually or with your family, so they can support you.

You might be asked to keep a food record at different points in your treatment.

What happens now?

You will be given an appointment to see our dietitian. At this appointment, you will have an initial assessment about your needs and together you will make a plan to help you move forward in your treatment.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 0114 305 3891.

Sheffield Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Team,
Centenary CAMHS,
Centenary House,
55 Albert Terrace Road,
S6 3BR.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: MH32

Resource Type: Article

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