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 news and articles

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.

BDA hits back as Daily Mail brands dietitians "non-essential"

BDA CEO, Andy Burman, responds to Mail Online claim that "non-essential" dietitians "have been twiddling thumbs for months".

Independent Hospital Food Review's call to increase funding for hospital catering

The BDA welcomes the Independent Review of NHS Hospital Food Report which is comprehensive in its scope and makes a number of bold recommendations for improvement.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Clinical Guidance

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

COVID-19 / Coronavirus - Advice for Dietitians

Latest update on COVID-19 / coronavirus for dietitians from your Professional Body and Trade Union. We will keep this page updated as the situation develops.

Critical Care Dietitian honoured for work on COVID-19

Ella Terblanche has been awarded an MBE for services to dietetics and in particular her leadership role in the COVID-19 response. We are also delighted our President Giles Yeo has received an MBE for services to communication, research and engagement.

Call for ongoing provision of school food to vulnerable children during holidays

The BDA has joined a wide range of bodies including the Food Foundation, the Children's Society and the London Mayor's office to call on Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, to ensure that children are provided with meals during holidays if they need them.

Make Your Voice Heard on NHS Pay

It’s time for the Government to Pay Up NOW. Contact your local elected representatives to ensure they support higher pay for dietitians and other NHS workers.

Dietitians push for more from strategy for obesity

The British Dietetic Association has welcomed the government’s latest obesity plans as a positive next step. They welcome the commitment to expand weight management services, but have urged the government to go further if they want their strategy to be truly comprehensive.

BDA expresses concern over plans to close PHE

“We are concerned this move could have far reaching public health implications. PHE leads on vital work tackling health inequality in England. We believe this work requires a nationally co-ordinated approach."

The need to diversify dietetics: a student perspective

As protests around the world highlight racial inequality, Nishat Chowdhury reflects on how greater diversity in dietetics would help improve the service we give to clients.

 

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.

 

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.