Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into everyday information about food.
They advise people and help them make informed and practical choices about their food and nutrition. They assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. They also teach and inform the public and health professionals about diet and nutrition. The aim is to promote good health and prevent disease in individuals and communities.
Dietitians are skilled at translating scientific and medical research related to food and health into practical guidance for the general public.
In the NHS, they work in hospitals or in the community.
They work with individuals and communities with both healthy and sick people.
They could, for example, work with people who:
- have digestive problems
- want to lose weight
- need to put on weight after an illness
- have HIV
- have an eating disorder
- want to improve their sports performance
- have an allergy.
Page last updated: September 2020
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