Its been a busy few weeks for me between working full time and working on some nutrition related content. During this time, I’ve registered with the Association for Nutrition and am now officially a Registered Associated Nutritionist – woohoo!
What does that mean?
Well…. the Association for Nutrition or UKVRN is a registered charity, they are the governing body for nutritionists in the UK and they make sure that all nutritionists registered with them are competent and sufficiently qualified to at least an undergraduate degree level. Their role is to protect the public and all nutritionists registered with the AfN must meet a strict code of conduct and standards for scientifically sound evidence-based nutrition and its use in practise.
As a Registered Associated nutritionist, I hold myself to a high standard of conduct and ethics and you can be sure that all information given out will be professional, up to date and evidence based. There is a lot of confusing nutrition information out there coming from unqualified, self proclaimed nutritionists and my main aim is to protect you guys from bogus nutrition messaging.
There are three types of nutrition professionals out there..
A dietitian uses the science of nutrition to devise eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions. They promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choice. Dietitians must complete a 3 or 4 year undergraduate or a masters degree. The title ‘dietitian’ is protected by law therefore only those registered with the HCPC may call themselves a dietitian.
- Registered nutritionist (RNutr) and registered associated nutritionist (ANutr)
Registered and registered associate nutritionists provide scientific, evidence based information and guidance about the impacts of food and nutrition on the health and wellbeing of humans at an individual and population level. To register you must have completed a 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree or a post graduate degree accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Unfortunately, the term ‘nutritionist’ is not a protected title by law, therefor anybody can call themselves a nutritionist. That’s where the AfN come in, when looking for a nutritionist, always look for those with either RNutr or ANutr after their name for sound evidence based, ethical nutrition advise.
- Nutritional Therapists
Nutritional therapists are described as those who ‘use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns’. The title ‘nutritional therapist’ is not protected by law however they are governed by the complimentary natural healthcare council (CNHC).
Basically, what I’m trying to say is don’t trust everything you see on Instagram or online. Many ‘nutritionists’ have no qualifications and will end up doing you more harm then good. Would you trust someone who loves cars but has no mechanical experience/qualification to fix your car? Or someone who loves Grey’s Anatomy to operate on you? Me neither. So why do we trust almost anybody with no nutrition qualification to give us nutrition advice?
There are some great nutritionists out here but equally there are plenty of unqualified people giving dangerous advice. When looking for sound, trustworthy nutritional advice, particularly online, always check they have the quality mark post-nominal letters RNutr or ANutr after their name. You can also find a list of registered nutritionists in your area by looking on the Association for Nutrition website. I promise you won’t regret it.
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