A Nutritional Assessment is an in-depth evaluation of both objective and subjective data related to an individual’s food and nutrient intake, lifestyle and medical history.
Elements of the Assessment:
- Personal details (age and occupation)
- Anthropometric data: i.e. height, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist Circumference, Plicometry, Body Composition Analysis (download pdf), Weight history.
- REE and TEE Assessment
- Level of Physical Activity
- Biochemical data: laboratory tests based on blood and urine can be important indicators of nutritional status
- Clinical data: information about the individual medical history, including acute and chronic illness and diagnostic procedures, therapies or treatment. Information about dental, oral and gastrointestinal health
- Dietary information: dietary intake documented by nutrition interview, food diary, food frequency questionnaires; information about food allergies or intolerances
A Dietitian is not a Medical Doctor therefore he or she has to work on the basis of a Medical Doctor’s diagnosis enabling him or her to supply dietary guidance in case of:
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Gastro intestinal Diseases
- Liver Diseases
- Oncology Disesases
- Allergies and Intolerances
- Any other disease requiring a special concern about nutrition