Dietetics is the interpretation and communication of the science of nutrition to enable people to make informed and practical choices about food and lifestyle, in both health and disease. A dietitian will have trained in both hospital and community settings as part of their course. It is necessary to have a recognised degree, MSc or post graduate diploma in nutrition and dietetics to work as a dietician.
Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how nutrients are used by the body, and the relationship between diet, health and disease. Registered dietitians translate the science of nutrition into everyday information about food.
Dietitians work with individuals looking to improve their health through diet. They can also advise people who need special diets as part of their medical treatment, for example patients with/in:
- kidney disease
- food allergies
- eating disorders
They can help those wishing to lose or gain weight to pick the best diet for their individual needs and work with individuals who have eating disorders to help them regain confidence in their eating habits.