Nutritionist, nutritional therapist, dietitian, sports dietitian, registered dietitian – with so many different titles and terms used by professionals, individuals seeking help for matters concerning their diet and lifestyle may be overwhelmed and confused about which professional will best suit their needs.
Dietitians apply their knowledge in the science of nutrition to help individuals seeking advice about disease and general health, to make educated decisions about their food choices and lifestyle. As it stands, dietitians are the only professionals in the field of nutrition who are ‘statutorily regulated’. This means they are governed by law, and an ethical code of practice is in place to ensure that work is carried out to the highest possible standards.
Our dietitians work in a variety of settings and their expertise can be applied to treat complex conditions in an individual. They can assist in the recovery of eating disorder, or advice may be sought from them to help with digestive disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome or for formulating an eating programme for an individual who requires a special diet as part of their medical treatment, for example in patients with cancer, bowel problems or diabetes.