If you have general questions or comments, I should warn you that I’m having a hard time catching up on email. Do not despair! There are lots of ways you can get help, from people much more qualified than I am — read on.
If you’re in need of clinical nutritional assistance (meaning you need to treat a specific disease or disorder with diet), please contact a Registered Dietitian in one of the following ways:
- If you’re in Ontario, call 1-877-510-5102 and talk to a real, live dietitian for free.
- If you live in a country with universal health care, or if you have private health insurance, you can get a referral to a RD from your family doctor, and it will either be free, or may require only a copay. Ask your doctor how it works, or call your insurance peoples.
- You can hire your own dietitian by searching Dietitians of Canada, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the U.S., the British Dietetic Association (their search page is called “Dietitians Unlimited”), the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, the Dietitians Association of Australia, the New Zealand Dietetic Association, and for just about any country — simply do a Google search for “dietitians [your country]” and then, on the website that results, find a link that usually says “Find a Dietitian.”
If you’re looking for advice that has a better chance of being Health at Every Size-friendly, hire a dietitian who is trained in eating disorders. Even if you don’t have an eating disorder, dietitians who are trained this way are more likely to be familiar with HAES principles. Send them this cover letter to find out whether they would be open to using a HAES approach with you.
- If your child needs help with eating, talk to Katja! She’s a doctor and I know her and she’s just lovely. Or contact Ellyn Satter Associates by phone (800-808-7976) or email ([email protected]) to get a referral for a practitioner trained in parent-child feeding dynamics.
- If you need a doctor, therapist, consultant, or some other kind of professional, you can search for Fat Friendly Health Professionals, Health at Every Size Experts, and other professionals in the Health at Every Size Community.
- Lastly, you can ask a question online at Specialty Food Shop’s website or Ask the Dietitian, but I can’t vouch for whether the advice will be size-friendly.