What is a dietitian?

The role of a Dietitian involves diagnosing, assessing and treating dietary as well as nutritional issues. Dietitians aim to promote health awareness and prevent diseases in individuals.

Examples of individuals who dietitians work with include those with eating disorders, allergies, diabetes, digestive problems, oncology, along with people who may want to enhance their sports performance .

What does a dietitian do on a daily basis?

  • Provide advice to individuals to form health-conscious decisions based on diet and nutrition to prevent illness and maintain good health.
  • Calculate individual’s nutritional requirements using standard equations based on assessments of blood chemistry, temperature, stress, mobility etc.
  • Produce eating plans and adjusting recipes
  • Organise and lead group sessions with a range of individuals including children and adult service users groups
  • Write service users reports, case notes and maintaining accurate records
  • Visit schools and communities to deliver nutrition components of health promotion campaigns

Where do Dietitians work?

  • Hospitals and community settings
  • Oncology (cancer)
  • Diabetic services
  • Sports
  • Food industries
  • Education
  • Media
  • Public health
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Mental health
  • Eating disorders

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