Health organisations call for vegan-friendly options for patients with eating disorders

Three leading health organisations in the U.K. have called for more vegan options for people suffering with eating disorders.

There are currently no nutritionally complete vegan options that are approved by the body responsible for advising on prescribing of foodstuffs.

The warning comes from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Dietetic Association and eating disorder charity Beat.

Dasha Nicholls, chair of the eating disorders faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists said:

“There have been cultural shifts around diet and the choices people are making. It is important that clinicians respond to these changes and that the right treatments are made available to treat vegans with an eating disorder.
“We know that changes in diet can be associated with the onset of disordered eating behaviour. It is hoped that this statement will facilitate improved dialogue between clinicians and patients regarding diet and nutrition.”

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