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What is a Dietitian?

A Dietitian assesses dietary intake and provides nutrition advice to help people understand the impact of diet on their health and well-being. They provide support to help people increase their understanding of nutrition and hydration and feel confident with food choices helping them to live longer and healthier lives.

What can a Dietitian help with?

A Dietitian helps people to become more involved in food choices, helping a person to choose foods that are right for them and assisting them to understand how food choices affect their health. A Dietitian will support a person to eat and drink safely and teach carers how to support a person’s food and drink needs. They also provide advice on the management of some health conditions with specialist diets, manage and monitor a person’s weight and make decisions about feeding tubes if these are needed.

Why might I get support from a Dietitian?

You might get support from a Dietitian if:

  • You have recently lost lots of weight or gained weight.
  • You need help to make food and drink choices so that you have a healthy and balanced diet.
  • You have started to experience constipation or diarrhoea and need help to find out if this is related to the foods that you are eating.