Dietetics is the application of the knowledge of food and nutrition in improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle or achieving a health- related goal.
Dietitians and nutritionists are similar in their duties but dietitians precisely are health professionals who can provide advice on nutrition, food and healthy eating choices to help you look and feel good.
They undertake complex medical and nutrition research and make it easier for you to make daily food choices and plan healthy meals.
You need the help of a dietitian to keep fit and healthy. Even though Nigerians and the world at large may not really know or see the need for dietitians to keep or stay healthy, it still doesn’t change the fact that so many ailments we suffer could have been prevented if we had the knowledge of food and nutrition or dietitians by our sides. 90% of ailments are either nutrition related or could be cured/tamed by persistent adherence to an effective diet therapy.
From major ailments like heart diseases down to minor scurvy are all nutritional deficiencies.
You also need the services of a dietician if you are to lose or gain weight; prevent or manage chronic diseases; plan menu for busy families, physically active lifestyles, vegetarian diets and budget conscious individuals; feeding your baby or toddler; sports nutrition; digestive problems, food allergies, making the right food choices to get the right nutrient.
A dietician ensures you get accurate and appropriate information. He or she is accountable for his/her knowledge and expertise. By hiring a dietician, you are protected against unethical or false advice and can trust that you’ll receive a high quality service.
Dietitians work as private consultants in hospitals, schools, hotels, nutritional companies, etc.
Here are diseases that require the services of a dietician:
- Liver diseases
- Rickets in children
- Osteomalacia in adults
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Metabolic disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Cognitive disorders
- Diabetes mellitus
- Hemochromatosis (iron overload) etc.
- Heart diseases (coronary artery diseases)
- Mercury poisoning
- Gum diseases
- Early pregnancy symptoms and signs
- High blood/sugar urine etc