One of the challenges of eating disorders treatment is the connection between a person’s biological and nutritional requirements and a full recovery from the disorder. Theodore E. Weltzin, MD, FAED, medical director of Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital, explains in this video that normalized nutrition is an important key to a sustained recovery from eating disorders.
Weltzin: The first thing about treatment is getting people healthy nutritionally, getting them and their body the nutrition that they and their body need to function correctly.
When people lose weight, they just don’t lose weight in their arms or their legs; their brain loses weight. And so the ability to think clearly and particularly to think in a sophisticated way about their life and the decisions they need to make is really something that they lose when they’re in a starvation mode. If you’re starving, your brain is going to be focused on one thing: getting food.
The focus on normalizing nutrition is such a fundamental foundation of recovery. It doesn’t define recovery, but without it, your recovery is pretty shaky.
Building a strong foundation through nutritional changes is an important aspect of treatment.