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

30 years of evidence - now it’s time for action on folic acid fortification

In this blog, Ursula Arens discusses the need for widespread folic acid fortification, 30 years after the publication of the MRC Vitamin Study Research Group findings on the prevention of neural tube defects.

Case study: Long Covid Community Rehabilitation Service, Leeds

The service has been developed to help people in Leeds who are experiencing new, long-lasting problems 12 weeks or more after a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection which are significantly impacting how they are able to function in day-to-day life.

Diabetes dietetic competency framework: three years in the making

The 2021 BDA Diabetes Specialist Group Dietetic Competency Framework for Dietitians Working in the Area of Diabetes is now available for any dietitian working with people with diabetes.

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.

 

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

Response: Government to restrict unhealthy food promotions

The BDA has welcomed government’s confirmation that promotions on food and drinks high in fat salt or sugar (HFSS) in retailers will be restricted from October 2022.

Delayed pay rise will leave staff disappointed, say health unions

Health unions representing 1.2 million NHS staff in England have responded to the 3% NHS pay rise announced by the government, which accepts the recommendation made by the independent pay review body.

Elsie Widdowson honoured with blue plaque

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.

Response: New advertising rules to help address childhood obesity

BDA supports launch of Moving Forward Stronger paper

The BDA has contributed towards a new paper calling for urgent action to help those with long term conditions who may have declined during the pandemic due to a lack of support.

BDA praises skilled professionals from around the world who choose to work in the NHS

Baroness Harding’s reported promise to “end the reliance on foreign doctors and nurses” fails to recognise the central role that health and care professionals from outside the UK have played in the NHS throughout its history. We are once again disappointed by the focus of this government on restricting those willing to work in the National Health Service rather than investment and support for the health service as a whole.

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.