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

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.

From the boardroom to the classroom

A successful intervention into her crippling IBS was the trigger that led Judith Bamford to leave her high-flying PR career to start all over again in dietetics.

ARFID: Help, my child won’t eat

Rosan Meyer and Luise Marino introduce the topic of avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021

Parissa Dunkinson, BDA Mental Health Group Professional Development Officer for Eating Disorders introduces Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021 and encourages dietitians to get involved.

Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin, and potential COVID treatment?

Annabel van Griethuysen looks into vitamin D and considers its importance in the fight against COVID-19.

The impact of dietitians in the multidisciplinary practice team within primary care

A project looking at dietetic-led care in general practice has found that dietitians can support high-quality, patient-centred care in the primary care setting.

Top ten nutrition tips for the menopause

The menopause is an ideal time to take stock of eating habits and begin some gradual changes to help ensure the best health possible while entering this new phase of life.

 

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

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.

BDA endorses newly updated guidance on eating and drinking difficulties

Newly updated nutrition and hydration guidance from the Royal College of Physicians has been published, with a particular focus on supporting people towards the end of life.

Dietitians union condemns government recommendation for 1% NHS pay award

BDA Trade Union Director, Annette Mansell-Green condemns government's recommendation of a paltry 1% pay increase for NHS staff, announced 4 March 2021.

Dietitians respond to announcement of £100mil for obesity support

The British Dietetic Association has today welcomed government’s announcement of additional funding for obesity services in England but cautioned that we need to see services run by experts and that people of every age in every area of the country should be able to access the support they need.   

COVID-19 / Coronavirus - Advice for the General Public

Frequently Asked Questions about nutrition and food in relation to COVID-19 / coronavirus from the BDA. We will keep this page updated as the situation develops.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Clinical Guidance

Clinical recommendations and resources to help dietitians tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lockdown will once again worsen food insecurity – we need sustained action

In this third nation-wide lockdown, the British Dietetic Association has called on governments across the UK to finally take urgent and sustained action on food insecurity for people of all ages.

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.

 

BDA CPD training

The BDA provides quality assured education and continuing professional development programmes.


We host a range of training and educational courses for our members and other members of the dietetics workforce via the BDA Classroom and Learning Zone.