Why Diets Don't Work
Nutrition counseling is recognized by both the American Psychiatric Association (APA; 2000) and the American Dietetic Association (ADA; 1994) as an essential component in the treatment of eating–disordered patients. As the ADA says, “R.D’s are food and nutrition experts, able to understand the complex relationship of food intake and overall physiological health, which can be used to form nutrition education and offer knowledge of foods, food products and formulas as needed by families and other health professionals”.
As per the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA):
Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors.
To be redirected to NEDA for more information on diagnosis, risk factors, health consequences and/or co-occurring disorders and concerns please click here
Links to additional Eating Disorder related websites
Infant and Child Feeding:
Children and Weight: The Dilemmas
Body Positive: Boosting body image at every weight
When A Jump in Your Teen’s Weight May Not Be A Concern
Dieting Increases Your Risk of Gaining MORE Weight
Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift