Why trust a dietitian?
Choosing the right person to seek help and advice from can sometimes be a confusing task. Many people claim to be experts in nutrition yet have very limited knowledge and offer no protection to the public. Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and are therefore the most credible source of food and nutrition advice. Indeed, Trust a Dietitian very much supports this descriptor and the following information and leaflet will highlight why this is the case and outlines the very big differences between dietitians, nutritionists, nutritional therapists and, so-called, diet ‘experts’.
Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Dietitians are statutorily regulated, with a protected title and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. The spectrum of environments in which dietitians practise is broad and includes the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and national and local government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government to local communities and individuals.
The title 'dietitian' can only be used by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered with the Health Care Professions Council and whose details are on the HCPC website. We have a leaflet that explains the roles of nutrition professionals further.
Read our information leaflet Dietitian, Nutritionist, Nutritional Therapist or Diet Expert? A comprehensive guide to roles and functions to see the differences between these nutrition professionals.