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.

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Latest articles from BDA members

Dietetics as a second career

In her thirties, Anna Costain decided that a marketing career wasn't for her and took the plunge to study dietetics. In this blog she explains what it's like to take on dietetics at a later stage in life.

Protecting your mental health on placement

Third year dietetic student Zunaira Awais shares her mental health struggles during placement and how she prioritised her wellbeing - as well as sharing tips for those on placement.

Plant-based eating – redefined

Dr Megan Rossi explains how shifting your diet to include more plants can improve your health, as her new book, Eat More, Live Well, is published next week.

Using proton beam therapy for treating cancers

Lorna Wilson and Karen Walsh explain their role as part of a multi-disciplinary team working on a new treatment for certain cancers.

Dietary management of gallstones: future possibilities

Dr Angela Madden and Professor David Flum suggest areas of further research to improve the management of gallstones.

The importance of listening and hope to develop consensus for dietary strategies

Dietary strategies to help achieve remission in type 2 diabetes.

Connected eating principles in diabetes care

Steffie ElHassan, Louise Salsbury and Gilly Hopper address the use of including connected eating principles in diabetes care for families living with type 1 diabetes.

Commercial gut microbiome testing

Members of the British Society of Gastroenterology’s Gut Microbiota for Health Expert Panel offer advice on how to support patients using commercial microbiome test kits.

Weight management for people with learning disabilities

The BDA Mental Health Specialist Interest Group has been working with the Public Affairs team to conduct a roundtable to highlight issues, perspective and challenges regarding weight management in the learning disabilities population

 

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

CAPA welcomes updated respiratory protective equipment guidance

The Covid Airborne Protection Alliance, which the BDA is a member of, welcomes updated Government guidance on respiratory protective equipment that will help keep healthcare workers, patients and the public safe.

Dietitian receives MBE for services to sick and premature babies

Dietitian and BDA member Lynne Radbone has been awarded an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honours List for her work in neonatal critical care.

First dietetic degree apprenticeship approved for delivery

Coventry University will begin delivery of the first ever dietetic degree apprenticeship programme this month, after the BDA approved accreditation for the course.

BDA Trade Union position on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for NHS staff

Following the disappointing decision taken by Parliament on 14 December to introduce mandatory COVID vaccinations for all NHS staff, the BDA would like to reiterate our position of opposition.

BDA Response to National Food Strategy

The BDA has published its detailed response to part two of the National Food Strategy (NFS): ‘The Plan’ following its release in July 2021.

2021 Research Symposium showcases new dietetic research

Dietitians, dietetic students and researchers showcased their research through 11 different streams at the 2021 Research Symposium, with 60 abstracts being presented throughout the day.

Position on Article 12c of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation

Joint Association for Nutrition (AfN) and BDA position regarding Article 12c of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation.

BDA Fellow Professor Kevin Whelan appointed to government nutrition advisory committee

Fellow of the British Dietetic Association, Professor Kevin Whelan, has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

5-step road map to practice for First Contact Dietitians

Health Education England (HEE) with support from the BDA have produced a Roadmap to Practice for first contact dietitians (FCDs). This follows on from dietitians (along with other AHP colleagues) being added to the GP contract in 2020.