Disability

What is a disability?

There are many different types of disabilities. These come under two main branches – mental disabilities and physical disabilities. The causes of disabilities are not always clear however genetics and in utero conditions (environment, diet) tend to play a role in the development of disabilities.

When should you get a referral to a dietitian?

~ If you have a BMI <20 or >25

~ If you have poor dietary intake

~ If you having difficulty chewing, swallowing, or feeding yourself

~ If you have undesirable changes in your body weight

~ If you have increased energy needs

~ If you have malnutrition

What are the benefits of involving a dietitian?

~ Diet prescription considering weight status and lifestyle

~ Texture modification of diet if required

~ Collaboration with other health professionals

~ Improved nutritional status

~ Improved body weight