It is vital to understand who you can trust when it comes to Nutrition, and receiving individualised dietary advice. Unfortunately, the world of Food & Nutrition is saturated with misinformation, where often the loudest voices lack the appropriate educational background to support their confident claims. Food trends have taken over magazines & Instagram, with the next ‘big fix’ being published quicker than the seasons change. Sadly, quick fixes, fad diets and anecdotal advice from someone with a six-pack tend to sell, with a sustainable approach to nutrition being a lot less alluring…Thus, it is important to consider one's financial motives and the qualifications (or lack thereof) that underpin such advice.
Because the title of ‘Nutritionist’ is not a protected term, anyone can use the title, or a similar title, without the necessary qualifications. Despite this, there is of course a large portion of trained and accredited Nutritionists like myself, who earned the privilege to use this title after years of study and often multiple degrees. Essentially, you should be picky in regard to who you ask for dietary advice. When it comes to your health, do not hesitate to ask a practitioner what their qualifications and accreditations are.
Hopefully, this provides you with the information to make informed decisions going forward...
Here is what makes someone (like myself) a qualified Nutritionist…
- They have a minimum of a bachelors degree or masters degree in Nutrition
- They are accredited by a recognised governing body (e.g British Association for nutrition) where their name will be listed
- BSc Nutrition diet & lifestyle
- MSc sport & exercise Nutrition
- ANutr :Registered associate Nutritionist (British association for Nutrition)
- SENr : Registered sport & exercise Nutritionist (Sport & exercise Nutrition register)
- ISAK level 1: Skin-fold body fat assessment
- UKAD: sports anti doping advisor
- MI level 1: Behaviour change & motivational interviewing
What does not make someone a Nutritionist…
- A personal trainer (unless they have a degree/masters in nutrition in addition to their coaching qualifications)
- Precision 1 nutrition courses (online nutrition certificates etc)
- A health/life coach (unless they have a degree/masters in nutrition in addition to their coaching qualifications)
- Someone who is an active gym go’er, or has previously lost weight (unless they have a degree/masters in nutrition)
- Someone in good shape (unless they have a degree/masters in nutrition)
My accreditations mean there is a set of ethical and professional standards set by the affiliated Nutritional governing bodies, which I must continually work in line with. In addition, I must demonstrate I am up to date with new research as evidence continues to evolve! Ethical conduct would infer a level of transparency as to where the ceiling is on the Nutritional advice you are permitted to provide.
I am constantly striving to provide my clients with a trusted voice, one that is able to quiet the external noise that surrounds Nutrition, and break down the science into simple and practical advice. In addition to working as a Nutritionist...I am also a person, with a busy work & social life who understands the Hong Kong lifestyle and can help you find a suitable middle ground between health, and ensuring you enjoy life to the fullest!