British Dietetic Association launches new Sustainable Diets Policy Statement

British Dietetic Association launches new Sustainable Diets Policy Statement

29 November 2017

The British Dietetic Association’s newly updated policy statement on Sustainable Diets sets out a clear commitment to the importance of sustainability in the day to day practice of dietitians.

The BDA believe everyone should have access to a nutritious, high quality diet that is both good for health and for the environment.

The BDA advocates for a reduction of red and processed meat in the UK diet, to be replaced by appropriate plant based proteins such as beans and pulses. Not only would such a reduction be better for the environment, it would also be better for the health of the nation.

The statement also supports efforts to encourage people to consume only sustainably sourced fish, and to increase their intake of fruit and vegetables.

Sandra Hood led the group that developed the new statement;

“I am really pleased to publish this important policy document. Sustainability and the environmental impact of the food we eat is an important and complex issue, so it is really positive to have a clear position from the BDA. We believe dietitians should use their skills in interpreting and translating the latest evidence and expertise to promote and explain sustainable diets to the public, and where appropriate, to patients.”

The BDA will now be developing a toolkit designed to help dietitians put the policy into practice, which it is hoped will be published in 2018.

Notes to the Editor:

  • Read the full sustainable diets policy statement
  • Dietitians are the only 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 the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.

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