What is a dietitian?

Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level.

What do dietitians do?

Latest news

New joint statement regarding GLP-1/GIP Receptor Agonists for people living with obesity and/or type 2 diabetes released

Until everyone can benefit from this medication, with equal access - irrespective of postcode or budget, their success will be limited, warns BDA.

Greener AHP Week

We’re pleased to be supporting the second #GreenerAHP Week, exploring all of the exciting new initiatives to improve patient care.

Introducing our new Advanced Practice Specialist Group and Prescribers Specialist Sub-Group

As part of our continued commitment to provide excellent membership value, we are delighted to be launching the new Advanced Practice Specialist Group and Prescribers Specialist Sub-Group.

International Women's Day 2024

BDA Director of BDA Trade Union and Public Affairs Annette Mansell-Green shares what International Women’s Day means to her and fellow women trade unionists from across the movement.

New pay offer for the dietetic workforce in Health and Social Care Northern Ireland

Members working in Health and Social Care Northern Ireland are now being consulted on the latest pay offer made by the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The BDA applauds Lords' efforts to expand prescribing rights for Allied Health Professionals

The BDA welcomes the recent intervention in the House of Lords by Lord Bradley, who has been advocating for the government to extend independent prescribing rights to Allied Health Professionals.

A positive step forward as Shadow Health Secretary commits to stricter regulations on the food industry

The BDA welcomes the recent stance taken by Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, Wes Streeting, at The Times newspaper’s Health Commission Summit, where he proposed measures to address the growing number of people living with obesity.

My student volunteering experience

This Student Volunteering Week, Student Rep Kyle Kennedy tells us the three reasons why he volunteers for the BDA.

The BDA’s response to Labour's Child Health Action Plan

The plan addresses critical issues such as cutting paediatric waiting times, reducing obesity, introducing breakfast clubs for all primary school children and banning junk food advertising aimed at children, all of which align with our core policy objectives.


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Latest articles from BDA members

Eat your way to strong bones

Linia Patel on how diet, lifestyle and age have a bearing on bone health.

An update on cardiovascular disease

Mei Wan assesses the latest evidence surrounding nutrition and CVD.

Hospital meals - why they can often be unsafe for coeliac inpatients and how this can be changed

This Coeliac Awareness Month we take a look at what dietitians are doing in Bradford to make things better for their coeliac inpatients.

Psychology in gastrointestinal disorders: addressing food concerns

Dr Rose-Marie Satherley looks at the interplay between food concerns, restrictive eating and gastrointestinal disorders.

More than skin deep: embracing diversity in dietetics

Tadala Kolawole explains how her team embedded cultural training in their department and found that diversity of values is as important as diversity of ethnicity.

A guide to probiotics and prebiotics: how do they differ?

Róisín Pichon, ANutr, explores some of the key questions surrounding probiotics and prebiotics, highlighting the key differences between them and any considerations that should be made when looking to incorporate them into a healthy and balanced diet.  

The politics of nutrition in sickle cell disease: improving access and outcomes

Dr Claudine Matthews explores the opportunities and challenges underpinning the nutritional management landscape in sickle cell disease through a political lens.

Muscle health, nutrition and ageing

This resource explains how we can maintain and improve muscle mass as we age.

My journey to becoming a gut health expert

Freelance dietitian Jo Cunningham explains why optimising gut health should be on the agenda for every dietitian seeing clients.

Understanding orthorexia

Polly Neve looks at the difference between choice and compulsion in the pursuit of healthy eating.

Plant-based eating for beginners

As we approach the new year, many clients may be looking to make a plant-based diet one of their resolutions. Tiluka Bhanderi looks at how you can help them maintain a healthy approach.


Food Facts

Our Food Fact Sheets are written by dietitians to help you learn the best ways to eat and drink to keep your body fit and healthy.

The BDA Food Facts sheets are free for you to read, download and print for your own reference. They must not be copied to other websites: please link to this site to ensure your readers see the latest version.



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