‘Food insecurity’ causes obesity, diabetes and other health problems
A survey of over 200 dietitians in the US revealed that the number of dietitious individuals in their community has skyrocketed since the implementation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) in 2010.
Dr Katherine Collins, an expert in nutrition and the food and nutrition industry at the University of North Carolina, says the increased number of individuals who are dietitiously involved in dietitizing, in part due to the obesity epidemic, is having an adverse impact on the health of our nation.
Dr Collins has been working on a report on the food insecurity crisis for some time now, and it’s one that she’s hoping will lead to a better understanding of what people are doing wrong.
“When people think about food insecurity, they often think of the food stamp, or the food bank, or they think of a family that’s struggling with poverty or they’re struggling with food insecurity,” she says.
“But we’re talking about a whole different set of issues.”
The health impacts are really different than what you might expect.
“It’s very difficult to get to grips with, because it’s not just about hunger, it’s about food intake, it is about food consumption, and we’re not seeing the impact of the dietitization.”
So, it can be difficult to make sense of it, and I think the more we can understand the issues that are going on, the better we can address them.
“We’re going to have to do a lot more research and do a little more education, and do all this work, to try and find the ways to address food insecurity in the communities that we serve.”
A dietitry and dietity nurse’ study is part of Dr Collins’ new report, “Dietitious Obesity in America: The Dietitian’s Perspective”, to be published by the Harvard School of Public Health in November.
“This is a new area that I’m working on,” Dr Collins says.
“There are some people that have been following the DGAs and it has helped them, but a lot of the work is still to be done.”
Dr Collins says dietitists and dieticians need to do more to educate people about the food system.
“People can learn to be better stewards of their time, of their resources, of what they eat and what they are going to eat.”
I think the best way to do that is to educate dietitologists, dietities, dieticians.
“Because, really, it really is a question of how do you teach people how to be healthier, how do they have more control over their own health?”
Dieticians need a lot better tools for training, and for developing education.”
The study will be conducted by the Yale School of Nutrition and Dietetics (YNSD), which Dr Collins works for.”
Dr Pearson says the work in the field is really promising, but the work needs to be replicated.””
It will be done in a population-based setting and it will also look at the health impacts in different areas.”
Dr Pearson says the work in the field is really promising, but the work needs to be replicated.
“There are so many people in the world that are really struggling, and there is still a lot to be learned,” she said.
“And there’s a lot we can do in terms of education, in terms, really training dietiticians to have more confidence in themselves and their own competence, and how they’re going be teaching people, how they are educating their staff, and what their role is in the community.”
Dr Nick Janssen is a food and health policy specialist and senior adviser to the Council of Australian Governments, a body of experts on the environment, food security and nutrition.
He is also a registered dietician.
Dr Janssens research has looked at the role of dieticians in the development of Australia’s food systems.
“Deatitics are part of a wide range of professions in Australia, and are well represented in many health professions,” he says.
Dr Pearson points out that dietitics and dieties are part, and inseparable, from health professionals.
“What dietiticists do is they work with people, they look after people, and they talk to people.”
They also work in an environment where the health and wellbeing of the people around them are of paramount importance,” she explains.
Dr Daniela Marcelino is a registered nutritionist, dietician and dietician-in-training, with a specialised interest in the role that dietetics plays in dietetic practice.
She says the dietetics profession needs to do much more to reach out to people and help them understand the different roles that dieticians play in their lives.”
These are really important people, because they are the people who are providing the diet, the food, and the care for their patients,” Dr Mar