1. How much does the first assessment visit cost? Will my insurance cover it?
The first assessment visit costs $200. This visit lasts 1 ½ hours and may include a review of childhood and past eating habits, history of weight changes and the reason for them, and other medical and physical factors which are pertinent to setting goals and developing a plan to achieve them.
Barbara Cox is a provider for many different insurance plans. Individual coverage for medical nutrition therapy varies, depending on the benefit plan and the medical necessity of the visit. Please call to check on insurance coverage if you are not sure.
2. I have a friend who may have an eating disorder. How can I help?
The best way to help a friend with an eating disorder is to get them professional help. You may need to discuss what you know with their family so that the friend can get family support for finding help. Many people are reluctant to seek help by themselves and need support from friends and family. Eating disorders can have life threatening consequences and always require professional help.
3. I’m not sure, but I think I may have an eating disorder. What are the signs and symptoms?
There are many telltale signs that you may have an eating disorder. You may have an eating disorder if:
You constantly count calories, fat or carbohydrates in an obsessive manner.
You weigh yourself every day and that number on the scale determines your mood that day.
You think about your weight and/or food constantly.
You either eat or refuse to eat when you are upset, regardless of hunger.
You avoid going out with friends because you are afraid to eat certain types of food.
You feel ashamed or guilty after eating any food.
Your eating patterns include extreme dieting or restriction of many foods.
You feel out of control when eating and may have difficulty stopping when full.
Consider getting treatment if you can relate to any of the above statements.
4. Do you prescribe weight loss medications?
No. We are dietitians and cannot prescribe medication.
5. Do you sell any nutrition supplements?
No, we do not sell supplements from our office, because we believe there may be a conflict of interest. We can suggest a supplement if you need one and provide names of reputable stores which sell supplements. We believe most of your nutritional needs can be met with food – the way nature intended it.
6. What is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist?
A registered dietitian is also a nutritionist. In order to have the title of registered dietitian, you must have an undergraduate degree in the field of nutrition or dietetics and have either completed a dietetic internship or a master’s degree with additional training. In addition, you must pass a national exam in order to be registered with the commission on dietetic registration. A nutritionist without the “R.D.” title may have less education, but it varies. It is always a good idea to check on education and experience before starting nutrition counseling.
7. How much weight will I lose if I start nutrition counseling?
The amount of weight you will lose depends on many factors. Factors include your weight history, your current weight, your body fat percentage, your current eating and lifestyle habits, and lastly your readiness and motivation to begin to change your current habits.