Who is a dietitian?
Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level.
They 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.
Their primary goal is to ensure that the right quantity and type of nutrients are being consumed by the individual they are working with.
They assess, diagnose, recommend, and treat various medical diagnosis and dietary problems primarily on a one-on-one basis.
What does a dietitian do?
Dietitians support people to improve their health by providing expert nutrition and dietary advice.
Dietitians understand how nutrition affects the body and use this knowledge when treating you. Using the latest scientific information, dietitians’ partner with you to develop a personal plan to meet your needs.
A dietician helps prevent illness or improve a person’s condition through diet. They educate groups, individuals, or families about nutrition, food, and its connection to disease or weight problems to help them live healthy lifestyles.
How can a dietitian help you?
- Manage a chronic disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or gout (a type of arthritis). You’ll learn how your food choices can affect your health condition.
- Shed unwanted pounds. A registered dietitian can help tailor an eating and exercise plan for burning more calories than you take in.
- Live well with a restrictive diet. If you have a food allergy or a digestive condition (such as celiac disease or GERD), you may need to avoid certain foods or beverages. A dietitian can help you learn to do this without sacrificing nutritious (and delicious) foods.
- Manage weight-loss surgery. A dietitian can help you get enough key nutrients, even when your stomach can only hold small amounts of food.
- Fuel your athletic performance. Curious about carb loading or recovery foods? Many dietitians specialise in sports nutrition. They’ll help you create a game plan.
It’s no secret that good nutrition is part of good health. But just how important is eating right in the big picture? That question can be answered by looking at the flipside: Having poor eating habits along with a sedentary lifestyle is a leading driver of chronic diseases and death.
Many of us may need help figuring out what and how much food to put on our plates. A registered dietitian can help.