what is a dietician?

A dietician is a qualified health professional, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). A dietician has a minimum qualification of a 4 year scientific degree.
  
A dietician (also spelt "dietician") can be referred to as a, Nutritionist, Diet consultant, Sports Nutritionist, Weight Loss Consultant or Weight Loss Expert.  Only a dietician can be registered with the HPCSA and has completed a four year scientific degree.  There is no standardised qualification criterion for any of the other titles described above.  Clients are vulnerable to being provided with unscientific health & nutrition advice, fad diets (such as Atkins diet, South Beach Diet, blood group diet) & nutrition gimmicks if they do not consult as registered dietician.
  
A dietician is trained in all aspects and fields of nutrition therapy, namely Therapeutic nutrition, Community nutrition & Food Service Management.
  
Dieticians work mainly in the following fields:
• Private Practising Dieticians
• Therapeutic Dieticians
• Community Dieticians
• Consulting Dieticians
• Food Service Management Dieticians
• Research Dieticians
 

Why does a dietician need to be registered with HPCSA?

  • Registration protects you from misinformation
  • Dieticians are required, by law, to stay up to date with the latest nutrition information in order to remain registered.  This ensures that all clients are given current evidence based information
  • You should always request proof of registration with anyone claiming to be a nutrition expert.  A registered dietician will gladly provide you with proof upon request.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Janene Sacks (Weinstein), Registered Dietician, 

Waverely Health & Wellness Centre, 17 Lennox street corner Hastings avenue, Savoy Estate

Mobile: 082 561 0507