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

Connected eating principles in diabetes care

Steffie ElHassan, Louise Salsbury, 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

Launch of BDA Practice Toolkit: The Use of Blended Diet with Enteral Feeding Tubes

The new Practice Toolkit has been developed to help tube fed individuals and their families to receive effective, equitable and quality care. Dietitians who are new to blended diet will be able to use this Practice Toolkit as a starting reference.

Healthy Eating for African and Caribbean Individuals

Eating well doesn’t mean you have to give up on your cultural or favourite foods - it is about enjoying these in moderation and as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Black Lives Matter in Dietetics

A year on from the BDA London Branch’s ‘Black Lives Matter in Dietetics’ event, we take this opportunity to reflect on the discussions and anecdotes from panellists and audience from BDA London Branch webinar.

Celebrating Black History Month 2021

October is Black History Month in the UK. Our Chair, Caroline Bovey, discusses why it's important and how we're celebrating it this year.

Celebrating home grown dietitians this AHPs' Day

Belinda Mortell shares her experiences as a dietitian, and discusses the new Home-Grown Dietitian project as part of AHP's Day.

The influence of time-restricted eating on weight management and metabolic health

Michael Titmus critically appraises the evidence base for time-restricted eating and considers the implications for dietetic practice.

 

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

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.

BDA Trade Union position on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

The BDA Trade Union National Executive Committee has taken a clear and definitive position in opposition to any attempts to make the take-up of the vaccination mandatory.

BDA 2020/21 award winners announced

BDA members' successes and achievements were celebrated at the 2020/21 BDA Virtual Awards.

Update on NHS pay consultation in England and Wales 2021

Find out the results of the consultation exercise on the government pay awards in England and Wales we recently asked members to take part in.

Allergen labelling law is changing

From today, 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in the UK.

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.