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Dr Stephanie King and Dr James Bray, University of Hull, Dietetics
Female University of Hull lecturer talking to Nutrition students

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) defines dietetics as ‘the science of how nutrition affects our health’. Dietitians are ‘qualified and regulated health professionals who use and interpret evidence-based practice to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and a wider public health level’.

The majority of dietitians work in healthcare, often in hospitals and community settings with people who require dietary advice to prevent illness or improve their health. Dietitians support people who need advice for diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease, but also for diseases such as cancer, kidney disease, stroke, allergies and rare genetic diseases that affect people’s ability to digest food and nutrients. Dietitians also work in other areas including research, education, the food and drink industry, sports nutrition and in private healthcare – it’s a very varied profession.

Check out the videos from the BDA on why become a dietitian and how to become a dietitian.

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