A paradigm shift: Parents and caregivers are part of the solution, rather than stigmatized as the cause of adolescent ED
A solution: leverages family wisdom to pave the way towards recovery, with essential techniques and skills for externalizing the illness, aligning against the ED, and focusing on the task of re-nourishment.
A team effort: Several professional consensus statements advocate for multidisciplinary treatment for ED, yet FBT, the best-supported treatment modality for adolescent ED, leaves out a golden-opportunity. RDs are valuable, as nutrition coaches/therapists; more accessible, as first-responders; and are evidence-based, as Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) providers.
You have an incredible gift as a dietitian – you can help a teen recover and get back on a path to finding a life that is meaningful, connected, and joyful. Dietitians have a unique skillset and the ability to support teens and families with Family Based Treatment-Infused Nutrition Counseling.