Healthy eating

Some students with epilepsy may be on a medically prescribed ketogenic diet, which is a high fat diet sometimes used to control seizures. It involves a restricted fluid, high fat and very low carbohydrate and protein diet which produces a high ketone state (ketosis). This state decreases seizure activity in some circumstances.

The inclusion of students on the ketogenic diet within the school setting requires schools to be mindful of the restrictive and potentially isolating impact this diet may have on the student, including on camps, excursions and special events and when discussing ‘healthy eating’ in the classroom.

Guidance chapter on supporting students on a medically prescribed ketogenic diet as a result of their epilepsy

Reviewed 28 May 2020

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