Food insecurity and mental health

In this position statement we set out the issues facing people living with mental ill-health and make recommendations to ensure that healthcare practitioners working in mental health assess for food insecurity routinely as part of the care they provide.

Working with industry or promoting products - Considerations for dietitians

The BDA believes that as regulated nutrition experts, dietitians can protect and improve public health by working with commercial companies.

Environmentally Sustainable Diets

The current UK diet does not have the right balance of food recommended for a healthy, sustainable diet. Dietitians have an important role to play in the facilitation of sustainable diets.

Gluten Free Food on Prescription

Coeliac disease is a condition that warrants the continued availability of staple GF foods on prescription. In England, the BDA would recommend that providers should, as a minimum, adhere to the outcomes of the national consultation that recommended GF bread, flour and flour mixes remain on prescription

Processed Food

Processed foods are commonplace within people’s diets in the UK. Dependent on the composition and degree of processing, processed foods can add to, or reduce the nutritional quality of an individual’s diet.

Food fortification

The BDA believes fortification can play an important role in ensuring a healthy diet.

The BDA's commercial relationships with companies who manufacture breastmilk substitutes

This policy sets out how the BDA will work with companies who manufacture breastmilk substitutes (BMS), in particular in relation to event sponsorship.

Complementary Feeding

A position statement on complementary feeding (sometimes referred to as weaning)

Food Poverty

The BDA believes that nobody should live in food poverty and that UK Government and local authorities must take urgent action to lift people out of food poverty and prevent others from falling into food poverty. This should include enshrining a “Right to Food” in UK law.

The Use of Blended Diet with Enteral Feeding Tubes

This position statement aims to support UK dietitians in clinical practice (in both paediatric and adult settings) to ensure tube-fed individuals receive effective, evidence-based, equitable and quality care.

Use of Infant Formulas based on Soy Protein

The BDA Paediatric Specialist Group Position Statement on Soya Formula, updated in 2019 to take account of recent studies including the SACN publication "Feeding in the First Year of Life".

Low carbohydrate diets for the management of Type 2 Diabetes in adults

Low-carbohydrate diets (i.e. defined as diets containing between 50g and 130g carbohydrate) can be effective in managing weight, improving glycaemic control and cardiovascular risk in people with Type 2 diabetes in the short term

The Management of Malnourished Adults in All Community and All Health and Care Settings

Dietitians have the expertise both at an individual patient and strategic level to identify, assess, care plan, treat, monitor and review individuals to achieve patient-centred outcomes, and train others to prevent and treat malnutrition.

UK Government's Childhood Obesity Strategy

The BDA supports and welcomes the government’s current childhood obesity strategy, published in August 2016. However, the association strongly believes that additional actions are needed to reduce the unacceptably high prevalence of childhood obesity in the UK.

Breastfeeding

The BDA strongly supports breastfeeding. We recognise that breastfeeding is the optimum form of nutrition for babies and that breastfeeding protects the health of babies and their mothers.