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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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Latest articles from BDA members

The importance of personalised health resources

Louise Pritchard, BDA Chief Operating Officer, has joined Nutrition and Diet Resources UK as a Director and Trustee. In this blog she explains why she has joined the Board and why she is passionate about personalised resources across health and social care.

What is mycoprotein?

Holly Roper, Quorn’s Registered Associate Nutritionist, presents some of the frequently asked questions the Quorn Nutrition Team get asked by healthcare professionals, and about the production of their products.

Dietetics in avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)

Sian Taylor describes how an ARFID Special Interest Group went about the process of writing a BDA Position Statement on the condition.

Ellen Morgan elected as BDA Student Rep 2022/23

Ellen Morgan is a Dietetics student at University of Plymouth and has been elected as the BDA Student Rep for 2022/23. We asked her a few questions around why she applied for the role and how she hopes to champion the voice of Dietetic students in the next year.

My experience as a student member on the CCSG Committee

Find out what it's like being a volunteer in the Critical Care Group (CCSG) with this blog post from Lucy Walton, who is currently a student member of the CCSG.

BDA Renal Nutrition Group – the early years

As the BDA’s oldest specialist group celebrates its golden anniversary, Marianne Vennegoor and Barbara Engel look back at its formation.

Parosmia – helping patients with olfactory dysfunction

Parosmia has gained more recognition since the COVID-19 pandemic but many people, including health professionals, are still unaware not just of the condition but the impact it has on the daily lives of those that have the diagnosis.

How dietitians can protect the planet

Dr Clare Pettinger gives an insight into the subject of her Elsie Widdowson lecture.

Cooking the Commonwealth

The Cook the Commonwealth project builds on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as a platform to celebrate the cultural diets and food of member countries. A group of BDA members have contributed to the exciting project, testing and tweaking recipes across the Commonwealth regions.


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

The BDA is dismayed by Chancellor’s Mini-Budget

It is vitally important that the NHS receives urgent funding and this hasn’t been addressed.

BDA signs open letter calling for the Prime Minister not to abandon children's health

The BDA has joined more than 70 health and medical organisations in urging the new Prime Minister to reconsider any plans to abandon measures to promote children's health without facing the scrutiny of Parliament.

BDA responds to GP waiting times and independent prescribing rights

The Health and Social Care Secretary Therese Coffey has announced that she has pledged to improve access to GPs, including same-day appointments for those that need them as part of her department’s new plan in England.

BDA mourns passing of Patron

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is extremely saddened to hear about the passing of our patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Urgent Government intervention needed to drive down inflation to protect the health of the nation and prevent hunger

In response to this week’s headlines highlighting the 14-year high of food prices, we have released a statement

Free school meals for Welsh primary school children

The BDA is extremely pleased at the commencement of free school meals for primary school children in Wales today. Access to food is vital for children’s development and no child within our nation should go hungry.

What do we need urgently from the new PM?

We’re ready to work with Liz Truss and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to ensure the profession, the NHS and the health of the nation are made a priority.

2021-22 Annual Report is now available

BDA members, access the new Annual Report to learn what your association achieved in 2021/22.

Are we wasting food because delivery food services and online shopping are making things too easy for us?

Dietitians call for us to switch to more sustainable shopping practices to support our health, as well as the planet.