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