Conditions and their Treatment - Food Concerns

Allergies and intolerances

If undetected food allergies or intolerances can increase the risk of nutrient deficiencies, due to malabsorption and exclusion of food groups without replacing nutrients.

Nutrient deficiencies increase the likelihood of developing issues, such as osteoporosis, anaemia, inadequate growth or development and further gastrointestinal issues (e.g., constipation). Self-diagnosis is common among food intolerance with many people unnecessarily increasing their risk of deficiencies, bowel cancer and other gastrointestinal issues.

Recently almost four million people in Australia (or 17% of Australians) report avoiding a food due to allergy or intolerance more


Although not yet a formally recognised diagnosis, the notion of ‘Orthorexia’ is certainly a very real and concerning one.

Literally meaning “fixation on righteous eating”, those with orthorexia are described as being obsessed with healthy eating. With all the hype about gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, organic, grain-free (taste-free??) it’s no wonder that many are left feeling guilty no matter what they consume.

In addition to the deleterious effects on mental health, orthorexia can impact on physical health through its tendency to lead to Anorexia Nervosa, binge eating (a commonly occurring side-effect of overly restrictive eating), purging, and malnutrition more


Diabetes management

Diabetes is the world’s fastest-growing chronic disease. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in Australia.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and dialysis, limb amputations as well as increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke by 25%. Diabetes affects both physical and mental with more than 30% of all people with diabetes experiencing depression and anxiety.

Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and effective ongoing support and management reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.  CFIH provides an early intervention of education and primary care service for diabetes management to reduce the risk of such complications more