Nutrition & Dietetics
Diet plays a very crucial role in the health and well being of people. A good and balanced diet improves the quality of life to a great extent. Poor eating habits and inadequate food intake are a major cause of lot of diseases. Nutrition and dietetics are fields related to this food and nutrition aspect of life. The study of nutrition means an understanding of the various components of food and the role and requirement of each of these components for the body. One becomes aware of the right type of food which provides a balanced mix of the essential vitamins, minerals etc. It also involves a study of the process by which the food is digested and absorbed in the body.
This field finds application in medicine, veterinary, agriculture and public health.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the United States’ largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, and represents over 100,000 credentialed practitioners — registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered, and other dietetics professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics. After nearly 100 years as the American Dietetic Association, the organization officially changed its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012. The organization’s members are primarily registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered (NDTR) as well as many researchers, educators, students, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, clinical and community dietetics professionals, consultants and food service managers.