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 articles from BDA members

Eating and drinking difficulties in dementia

As we approach Nutrition and Hydration Week 14-21 June, Dove Yu from the BDA’s Older People Specialist Group looks at the particular challenges facing patients with dementia.

Vegan and thriving – two years on

Andrea Rymer shares her experience working as a dietitian at The Vegan Society, and explores some developments in the organisation’s Vegan and Thriving health and nutrition campaign.

Day in the life of a Dietetic Assistant or Support Worker

We asked Megan Jones, the Dietetic Assistant and Dietetic Support Worker representative on our Board of Directors, to reflect on a “day in the life” of her role as both a Dietetic Assistant and on the BDA Board.

Iodine: The debate around fortification

Representatives from the Food and Drink Federation, the Vegan Society and the BDA address issues around iodine food fortification.

Coeliac Disease: an underdiagnosed condition that is on the rise worldwide

Cristian Costas Batlle looks at the challenges of getting accurate diagnosis figures for this growing condition.

A clinical update on diet and fertility

Adequate attention to diet is an important part of conception for both partners, says Lisa Simon.

Falling in love with food again – addressing common IBS pitfalls

April is IBS Awareness Month and a good time to reflect on the difficulties many irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers experience on their journey to symptom resolution and how we can better help them as dietitians.

Challenging cancer diets myths

Victoria Nelson and Rhian Collins from the BDA Oncology Specialist Group discuss the complexity around diet myths and cancer.

Feeling bunged up? Don’t let poo be a taboo

Opening your bowels is a normal bodily function and something that each and every one of us does - so let’s chat about constipation.

 

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.

 

 

Latest news

Dietitians reject RCN claim that AHPs are being recruited as replacements for nurses

Following recent concerns by the Royal College of Nursing, the BDA joins other AHPs in rejecting the assertion that Allied Health Professionals (which includes dietitians) are being recruited as replacements for nurses.

Dietitians sweep up at the AHA Awards

The Advancing Healthcare Awards 2021 recognised talented dietitians last month - including Joanne McKee who was named as the overall Allied Health Professionals (AHP) winner.

BDA Statement: Social media boycott

The BDA stands with our members, alongside our colleagues in the health, sport, association and trade union sectors, in challenging racist abuse online.

BDA urges employers to recognise the value of allied health professional support workers

The statement calls for UK-wide career development and progression frameworks for AHP support workers

Public Health England offers free physical activity training

PHE is offering free online training sessions to groups of healthcare professionals to support them in explaining the benefits of physical activity to patients.

New report reveals need for urgent investment in Inflammatory Bowel Disease services

BDA welcomes the publication of a new report by the IBD UK Alliance highlighting a worrying lack of services for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients

BDA joins call for PM to begin public inquiry into handling of COVID-19

The BDA Trade Union has joined calls with fellow unions in the TUC for an immediate public inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update on NHS Scotland pay negotiations 2021

Negotiations have now concluded as the Scottish government enters the pre-election period and an offer has been made.

Blue plaque for Elsie Widdowson in Barrington, Cambridgeshire

Elsie's blue plaque, from Cambridge, Past, Present and Future, was financed by the Nutrition Society, the British Dietetic Association, the British Nutrition Foundation and the Royal Society.