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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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.

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Latest articles from BDA members

Supporting colleagues and patients in Ramadan

As the doors of Ramadan are set to open, many Muslims across the United Kingdom and worldwide are preparing for the 30-day continuous fasting month. Ines Jabir gives advice on how to support colleagues and patients who might be observing Ramadan.

Data-driven dietetics

Rebecca Fisher and Alison Smith introduce improved categorisation in the ePACT2 primary care prescribing data platform.

Cow’s milk allergy management in practice

Annina Whipp is a senior specialist paediatric dietitian. In this Q&A she tells us about how she manages cow’s milk allergy management in practice.

Obesity: the bigger picture

In this blog, Dietitian Vanessa Osborne takes a look at the topic of obesity and the health complications that are connected to the disease.

What's it like working in a prison?

Francesca Allsop is a Registered Dietitian who works in the UK’s largest prison, HMP Berwyn in Wrexham. She discusses her role and how she got into working in a prison environment.

Supporting the health and nutrition of LGBT+ people through better curricular provision in higher education

Roza Jozefowicz considers how dietitians can promote health among LGBT+ people.

Students doing brilliant things: Rowena Kelly

Rowena Kelly shares her student volunteering experience as part of the BDA South East Branch.

Students doing brilliant things: Avani Keshwalla

Avani Keshwalla discusses her student volunteering experience as part of the BDA North West and North Wales Branch.

Students doing brilliant things: Lucy Walton

Lucy Walton explains what she has learned during her experience volunteering on the BDA Critical Care Specialist Group committee.


Latest news

Update on NHS England pay offer 2023

All you need to know about the latest pay offer for NHS workers in England.

Henry Dimbleby's resignation needs to be a sharp awakening for the Government

We need to see the Government take more concrete steps and hands on action to support the British people to be able to make healthier choices, particularly young children.

BDA to recommend acceptance of NHS England pay offer

If accepted, the offer would boost pay significantly this year and mean a wage increase next year that’s more than the government had budgeted for.

Weight Stigma – the conversation begins!

Although this is not that new to many dietitians, an important debate has started in the general media around the use of inclusive language, when it comes to how we talk about people living with obesity and overweight.

Help get Elsie Widdowson (another) blue plaque!

Join the campaign to get Elsie Widdowson a blue plaque in Dulwich, where she grew up.

BDA to join talks with the Government on NHS Pay in England

Following the BDA’s successful mandate for industrial action and subsequent letter to the PM, the BDA has been invited into NHS pay negotiations with the Health Secretary.

The BDA is considering formal pay talk offer, alongside other health unions

Health unions, including the BDA have received an invite from the Government to enter into formal pay talks.

Dietitians demand better – strike action in England will go ahead

Dietitians working in 43 NHS Trusts in England have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action, following the results of an industrial action ballot by the BDA TU and its members.

Introducing our new Industry Specialist Group

As part of our continued commitment to providing excellent membership value, we are delighted to be launching the Industry Specialist Group.