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

The BDA welcomes the new government and urges nutrition-focused NHS reform

"By working together and placing dietitians at the forefront of preventative care and treatment, we can tackle the root causes of many chronic diseases, potentially saving billions in healthcare costs and improving millions of lives."

Celebrating 100 years since the UK’s first dietetic department

This year’s NHS birthday coincides with the 100th anniversary of the first ever dietetic department, which was established in 1924 at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The first menu planning and food service guideline for care homes for older adults launches

The guidelines aim to support residential and nursing care homes to provide appropriate food and drink for residents in their care.

Introducing our new ARFID Specialist Sub-Group

As part of our continued commitment to provide excellent membership value, we are delighted to be launching our new Avoidance Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) Specialist Sub-Group.

The BDA launches its manifesto – with the health of the nation and improvements for NHS workers at its heart

We’ve launched our manifesto this month, highlighting our five priorities for a future government.

Can AI help you decide what to have for your dinner as well as solve all of your dietary problems?

Food and nutrition experts at the BDA investigate the accuracy and support offered by Artificial Intelligence on key nutrition topics, and whether it’s possible to skip a trip to a healthcare professional altogether.

The best in dietetics celebrate in Birmingham

The BDA Awards and Honours for 2023/24 were presented to the most deserving members of the dietetic workforce at Birmingham’s prestigious Council House this week. The event brought together the great and the good and was the perfect setting for an afternoon of celebrating and networking.

New joint statement regarding GLP-1/GIP Receptor Agonists for people living with obesity and/or type 2 diabetes released

Until everyone can benefit from this medication, with equal access - irrespective of postcode or budget, their success will be limited, warns BDA.

Greener AHP Week

We’re pleased to be supporting the second #GreenerAHP Week, exploring all of the exciting new initiatives to improve patient care.


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Latest articles from BDA members

Aligning party manifestos with BDA campaign priorities

Alex Ehrlich, BDA Public Affairs Officer takes a look at how the major UK political parties' manifestos align with the five BDA campaign priorities.

BDA Trade Union: With you all the way

Katrina Evans explains how the BDA Trade Union supported her in her time of need – and how the experience inspired her to get involved.

Diabetes Specialist Group at DUKPC

Members of the BDA Diabetes Specialist Group report from the Diabetes UK Professional Conference.

Pride Month 2024

Pride month takes place every year during June. The month is dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities around the world. BDA Chair Caroline Bovey explores why we celebrate Pride as an organisation.

Eat your way to strong bones

Linia Patel on how diet, lifestyle and age have a bearing on bone health.

An update on cardiovascular disease

Mei Wan assesses the latest evidence surrounding nutrition and cardiovascular disease.

Hospital meals - why they can often be unsafe for coeliac inpatients and how this can be changed

This Coeliac Awareness Month we take a look at what dietitians are doing in Bradford to make things better for their coeliac inpatients.

Psychology in gastrointestinal disorders: addressing food concerns

Dr Rose-Marie Satherley looks at the interplay between food concerns, restrictive eating and gastrointestinal disorders.

More than skin deep: embracing diversity in dietetics

Tadala Kolawole explains how her team embedded cultural training in their department and found that diversity of values is as important as diversity of ethnicity.


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.