Policy Statements

The BDA is the leading organisation in nutrition and dietetics in the UK. Our expert members develop policy in a range of fields including health policy, nutrition policy and practice and dietetics. These evidence-based and referenced policy statements are available to policy makers, the public, media and BDA members to provide clear statements of the BDA’s position on a range of important topics. New policy statements are under development and all are subject to review.

The BDA has, for many years, publicly published advisory documents related to nutrition, dietetics and everyday diet issues: the Food Fact Sheets, for example.

We also provide our members with a large range of information to assist their professional practice and their patients.

BDA Policy Documents

Low carbohydrate diets for the management of Type 2 Diabetes in adults (November 2018)

Interventions which reduce the consumption of energy from sugary drinks in children (Updated August 2018).

Gluten Free Food on Prescription (Updated July 2018)

UK Government's Childhood Obesity: a plan for action (Updated April 2018)

Breastfeeding (February 2018)

Sustainable Diets (November 2017)

Tackling obesity in Scotland (November 2017)

The Management of Malnourished Adults in All Community and All Health and Care Settings (July 2017)

Professional Leadership (May 2016)

Artificial Sweeteners (May 2016)

Neutropenic Dietary Advice for Haematology Patients (May 2016) 

Dietary fat consumption in the management of type 2 diabetes  (December 2015)

Use of Alternative Diets and Supplementation in the Management of Multiple Sclerosis (July 2015).

Introducing a Cup to an Infant's Diet (March 2015). Due to be reviewed

Foods for Special Medical Purposes (September 2014). This policy has been withdrawn pending Brexit developments. 

Use of Liquidised Food with Enteral Feeding Tubes (October 2013). Currently under review

The PENG enteral tube administration of liquidised diet resources for health care professionals can be found on the PENG website at Risk Assessment Template for Enteral Tube Administration  of Liquidised Diet and ESPG statement.

Complementary Feeding: Introduction of Solid Food to an Infants Diet (April 2013) (previously termed weaning). Under review following publication of SACN report on feeding in the first year of life