Following the initial dietary assessment, treatment options can be offered/discussed that best suit the needs or presenting condition of the young person, and may include:

  • use of diagnostic exclusion diets in food allergy eg. FODMAPs, dairy, gluten, wheat, nuts, egg whilst ensuring nutritional adequacy of the diet during the intervention and with an agreed process for reintroduction and evaluation
  • use of diet-related behaviour change models with young people and families experiencing disordered eating eg. exploring the pros/cons of a food related issue eg. weight loss; predicted/actual experience of avoided foods; self-monitoring and managing moods
  • use of diets evidenced for treating medical or function GI problems eg. IBS, coeliac disease or lactose intolerance
  • use of guided self-help modules for education/support with disordered eating
  • nutrition education about how to meet identified nutritional gaps eg. food sources of particular nutrients; combining foods to meet needs; balancing intake against differing energy needs and accessing special products eg. supplements, appropriate probiotics
  • structured meal plans designed to meet needs can be a helpful way to reset food patterns that have become chaotic, unhealthy or not meeting needs ; targeting specific energy, protein or nutrient intake
  • goal setting and agreed success criteria, for diet-related change and addressing potential pitfalls
  • onward referral to other practitioners, specialists in the fields of psychology, allergy, gastroenterology