Are you worried about someone’s weight loss or eating / exercise habits?
Do they avoid meal times and situations involving food?
Do they have an excessive, rigid exercise regime?
Have you noticed a change in clothes, such as oversized clothes to cover the body or revealing clothes to flaunt weight loss?
Does your child have anorexia?
Do they have an intense fear of gaining weight, even though they are underweight?
Do they have a distorted view of their body or deny their low weight is a problem?
Do they have amenorrhoea (missing at least 3 periods in a row)?
Are you struggling with anorexia?
Do you feel fat even though people tell you you’re not?
Are you terrified of gaining weight?
Do you lie about how much you eat or hide your eating habits from others?
Do you feel powerful or in control when you go without food?
How I help you overcome anorexia
If you suspect your child has anorexia the most important thing you can do is seek treatment. The longer the situation goes on untreated, the more difficult it becomes to change behaviour and the more strain is placed on the body. The first step is to find professional help. Because recovery takes time, it is crucial to find the right support.
I bring a wealth of education and knowledge about the physiological causes and effects of malnutrition that are unique to dietitian training. Using a diet history (what foods your child does and does not consume) I can determine which nutrients they are deficient in with more accuracy than a blood test! Often my clients have grown so used to their symptoms that they are not reported, and I become like a detective, identifying symptoms based on intake and other reports.
I identify when weight changes, up or down, are within normal limits, related to over or under-nutrition, or indicative of non-nutrition issues, such as kidney malfunction or hormone imbalance. Read more
I help treat the effects of malnutrition by coaching individuals to make the necessary dietary changes and recommend nutrition supplementation when necessary. Usually people with anorexia are terrified of gaining weight. I am sensitive to the emotional difficulty of gaining weight. I could tell you more, but you might like to read it directly from the source – my past clients – Click here to find out what they have said
People with anorexia with low body weight need to gain weight slowly, to avoid refeeding syndrome. It is very dangerous for someone with anorexia to gain weight on their own, without the expertise of a dietitian and a medical doctor. I can prescribe the proper amount of calories and weight gain, in order to facilitate slow, controlled weight gain to prevent the complications of refeeding syndrome.
I know that the journey to recovery from an eating disorder can be a long and bumpy ride but one that is achievable. I work with children, their treatment team and family and / or support network to help improve acceptance and flexibility with food, leading to physical and psychological benefits – one baby step at a time!
Children and adolescents – I work with boys and girls from ages 7 and up, with their family to establish a customised nutrition plan for their specific needs – related to their age and gender.
Men – I have experience with helping men with eating disorders and recognise the unique challenges which males with eating disorders face. Eating disorders can affect ANY man – whether young or old, straight or gay, overweight or elite athlete.
Athletes – I establish a customised nutrition treatment plan for your specific needs – targeted to address your sport and training requirements.
Pregnancy – I can help you improve your level of management over your eating and stay healthy prior to trying to have a baby, during pregnancy and post pregnancy.
If you are concerned about your own eating – ask for help – even if you don’t know if your problem qualifies as an eating disorder.
It is about finding the right answers for you to provide the solid foundation needed for healthy lifelong eating patterns. You are unique. You know your body, lifestyle and what is going to work for you. Respecting this is crucial when considering changes to your diet.
Recovery from eating disorders is much like climbing a mountain. It is hard work, and at times you may feel lost, or like you can’t take another step.
I can show you how to take your next healthy step.
Recovery is worth it. You are worth it.
Anna Oliver is a Qualified Dietitian passionately committed to helping people with eating disorders.
“There is no list of rules. There is one rule The rule is - there are no rules. Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to, as your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are, instead of who you think you are supposed to be.”
- Shonda Rhimes...