Questions to Ask an Eating Disorder Dietitian When Seeking Treatment

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Hey there! So, you’re on the hunt for the perfect dietitian to help you on your journey to recovery from an eating disorder. It’s a big step, and we totally get that finding the right fit can feel overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we know how important it is to find a dietitian who really gets you and your needs. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide of questions to ask when you’re evaluating potential dietitians. By asking the right questions, you can make sure you’re finding the best fit for your recovery journey.

1. What’s your experience with eating disorders?

It’s crucial to ask potential dietitians about their experience with eating disorders because treating these conditions requires specialized knowledge and expertise. Dietitians who have experience working with eating disorders will have a deeper understanding of the unique challenges you’re facing and will be better equipped than the average dietitian to provide effective support and guidance throughout your recovery journey.

Here at Ruby Oak Nutrition, our team of experienced eating disorder dietitians understand what it takes to help clients overcome their struggles with food and body image, and we’re here to do the same for you. No two clients are alike, and we’re familiar with a variety of therapeutic techniques, meal planning frameworks, and resources that can help in recovery.

2. What’s your treatment philosophy?

Every dietitian may have a slightly different approach to treating eating disorders, so it’s essential to find one whose treatment philosophy aligns with your own values and goals. At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we believe in taking a Health at Every Size approach to health. That means we focus on promoting health and well-being without putting pressure on you to change your body size. Instead, we’ll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that honors your unique needs and goals, helping you to achieve lasting recovery and a positive relationship with food and your body.

3. How do you approach nutrition therapy?

Nutrition therapy is a key component of eating disorder treatment, so it’s essential to find a dietitian who takes a personalized and collaborative approach to nutrition therapy. At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we’ll work with you to develop meal plans (if indicated!) and goals that feel right for you, taking into account your individual preferences, dietary restrictions, and cultural background. We’ll also provide ongoing support and guidance to help you navigate challenges and make progress towards your recovery goals, empowering you to take control of your health and well-being.

4. How do you address mental health issues?

An eating disorder is a mental health condition. Eating disorders also often co-occur with other mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, or trauma, so it’s essential to find a dietitian who takes a holistic approach to treatment and has some understanding of these conditions.

At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we understand that your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and we’ll work with you to address both aspects of your well-being. We’ll collaborate with other mental health professionals as needed to ensure that you’re receiving comprehensive care that addresses all of your needs, helping you to achieve lasting recovery and improved overall well-being.

5. What’s your take on weight and body image?

Discussing weight and body image can be sensitive topics in eating disorder treatment, so it’s essential to find a dietitian who fosters a supportive and non-judgmental environment. At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we’re all about body neutrality and weight inclusivity. We believe that all bodies are good bodies, and we’ll never judge you based on your size or shape. Instead, we’ll help you learn to love and accept yourself just as you are, fostering a positive body image and self-esteem that will support you on your journey to recovery.

6. How do you involve family members in treatment?

Family support can be a huge asset in eating disorder recovery, so it’s important to find a dietitian who understands the importance of involving your loved ones in your treatment. At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we offer family-based and education to help your loved ones understand and support you on your journey. Not everyone needs or wants family-based treatment, but it can be extremely helpful when you’re recovering at home. We’ll work with you to develop effective communication strategies and coping skills that will strengthen your relationships and provide you with the support you need to succeed in your recovery.

7. What’s your availability and communication style?

When it comes to eating disorder treatment, accessibility is key. That’s why it’s important to find a dietitian who is available and responsive to your needs. At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we strive to be as available and responsive as possible, offering flexible scheduling options, communication via phone or email, and appointments in person (in Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina) or virtually (to clients across North Carolina and in many other states).

8. What are your fees and payment options?

Cost can be a significant barrier to accessing eating disorder treatment, so it’s essential to find a dietitian who offers affordable and accessible services. At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare, regardless of their financial situation. That’s why we accept insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna, making it easier for you to get the care and support you need to succeed in your recovery.

To learn more about our fees and how to use your insurance benefits for eating disorder nutrition counseling, head to our Insurance and FAQs page.

Choosing the right dietitian is a big decision, but with the right questions, you can make sure you’re finding the perfect fit for your recovery journey.

So go ahead, ask away! And remember, at Ruby Oak Nutrition, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Together, we’ll take positive steps towards healing and reclaiming your relationship with food and your body, embracing health and wellness at every size.


If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, let us help!

We’re a group of anti-diet dietitians who specialize in eating disorders, disordered eating, perinatal nutrition, intuitive eating, and general health concerns. We pride ourselves in our collaborative, compassionate approach to nutrition counseling. Our clients feel heard and validated by our work together, and they get the support they need to make lasting changes to their habits and their relationship with food. Learn more about eating disorder nutrition counseling here.

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