Nutrition and Dietetics Career
Tamilnow Articles -> Role of Dietitians/Nutritionists, Nature of Work and Personality Traits
Nutrition is a
science that studies the relationship between diet and health. Diet plays a
crucial role in the health and well being of people. A good and balanced diet
is essential for good health. Poor eating habits and lack of nutrition causes
many diseases. Many of these diseases can be prevented with better nutrition.
Nutrition and Dietetics is the field related to this aspect of health.
Dieticians or nutritionists provides information on corrective eating habits
and thereby helps to provide good health. People should be aware of the
balanced diet their body needs, ie, a right mix of nutrients like vitamins,
minerals etc. People suffering from particular diseases
needs special care in their eating habits. Dieticians or nutritionists helps them to practice this food habits. Dieticians assists people in planning their meals
depending upon their age, work field and sickness. They study the digestive
process of the patient, the various reactions of food in the body and find
out what is harmful and thus help to prevent diseases through a proper diet
Organisations involved in the manufacture of food products seek the advice of
the dieticians to plan and research new products. Dieticians work with food
chemists and food technologists experimenting in food laboratories on flavour
and dietetic problems. Dieticians also has a role in the catering in
organisations like offices, residential schools etc.
A person interested to do a course in Nutrition and Dietetics needs to have an aptitude in food and diets and also an interest in Science. Good communication skills and writing skills is also an added advantage. They should have the qualities like patience, sense of teamwork and responsibility.