A simple internet search for information leads you to simply millions of links to people and organisations who profess to be experts in the nutrition field so how do YOU decide where to seek YOUR dietary advice?
Many people claim to be an authority on the subject, but in reality they may have very limited knowledge and simply offer eating plans based on their opinion. Their heart may be in the right place, but then again, I may like to drive, but I really couldn’t service my car or repair it if it needs maintenance or breaks down – I call in the experts! It’s no different in nutrition – Just because people are famous and have an interest in diet or like cooking, that doesn’t mean they are an expert.
Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist and unlike the title ‘dietitian’, the title of ‘nutritionist’ is not protected by law. Increasingly, most reputable nutritionists are registering with the Association of Nutrition – the ‘AfN’. The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) distinguishes nutrition practitioners who meet rigorously applied training, competence and professional practice criteria. The purpose is to protect the public and assure the credibility of nutrition as a responsible profession.
Dietitians are the only qualified professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems. They are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and governed by an ethical code. You are in safe hands when you see a dietitian as they always work to the highest standard.
So…… why oh why do people believe celebrities and health bloggers above the professionals??? Perhaps our messages are too simple – you know, variety, moderation and balance? And not expensive too!
This is a super documentary on the subject so take a break and sit down for the next 35 minutes and have a watch…
** Authored by me but some text taken from an article I wrote entitled ‘What do Dietitians do?’ and published in ‘Eating Well, Living Well’ magazine in March 2016