Finding a Dietitian you can trust on Twitter

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Dec 3, 11:04 AM in . Comments [1].

Are you on Twitter? Do you follow any nutrition professionals? I joined twitter about six months ago and just love it. I really didn’t have much understanding of twitter before that and had always thought it was about following “celebrities”. In fact, I’m not following any celebrities, (unless you include food and diet ones), and have been amazed at how much I have gained, as a Dietitian, from being on there this past six months.

I’ve met lots of people and learned so much! I’ve seen some great links to recipes, nutrition news and articles and to the latest research and press releases on food and diet. I’ve also been able to participate in twitter chats where Dietitians share tips for dieting and best practice. My favourite part is being able to help people who ask nutrition and diet questions on twitter. I’ve even made some great contacts and friends from across the world.

Twitter is great for Dietitians and for people interested in finding out about nutrition. For people after the latest nutrition tips, advice and information on all matters food and nutrition, there is a wealth of information. For Dietitians and other nutrition professionals, it’s a great place to share practice, for cpd and for networking. It’s also great for just having a chat with like-minded people.

Twitter has lots of nutrition information “tweeters” to follow. But how can we know which ones are to be trusted?

With all the nutrition “tweeters” and information flying about twitter, it can be difficult to know which ones to trust. There is a lot of misinformation and unqualified and potentially dangerous advice being “tweeted” and there will always be those who just want to sell you their latest miracle pill or book.

There are, thankfully, many credible Nutritionists and Dietitians on twitter. The title “Dietitian”, particularly, is a legally protected title. All Dietitians must be registered with the health professions council. This means that you can be sure that registered Dietitians (RDs) are not only qualified but also registered and bound by a code of conduct which is put in place to protect the public. It also means that your Dietitian has had to continue to develop professionally.

You can be confident in the knowledge that those with the title “Dietitian” or “RD” are tweeters you can trust to know about nutrition.

I have compiled a list of dietitians on Twitter and curate the @amdietetics/uk-dietitians list on twitter.

You can be sure that the people on this list are credible practitioners who are registered (or soon to be registered) with the health professions council.

This should help in finding a Dietitian to trust on twitter

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.

Comment

  1. Thank you for taking the time to compile a list of UK based dietitians. So many people claim to be food experts, it’s good to get an unbiased and reliable information.

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