What is ‘wellness’? Well according to the English Oxford dictionary it is ‘the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal’. So you have to work at your good health to have ‘wellness’. A wellness blogger is therefore someone that writes and blogs about how to improve your self with lifestyle changes to reach a status of good health.
Wellness bloggers do not have to do any of this and are not accountable to anybody! Unfortunately the term nutritionist is not a protected title, so anyone can call them selves a nutritionist. There is a voluntary register for nutritionist so look out for ‘RNutrs’ for reliable nutritionists.
There are currently 8,828 (01/08/16) dietitians registered with the HCPC in the UK. There are now a lot more dietitians on social media; facebook, instagram, snap chat and especially twitter. Search for the word ‘dietitian’ or ‘RD’ which stands for registered dietitian. More dietitians are starting blogs to promote good nutritional messages. You can find a list of dietitian blogs on the RDs4disclouser site and on a fellow dietitians blog, Dietetically Speaking by Maeve Hanan.
- degree or postgraduate diploma in nutrition and dietetics
- clinic experience
- protected title
- registration with the HCPC
- use evidence based science when giving nutritional advice
- asses clients and give personalised tailored advice
- passionate about their cause
- have a large social media following
- may base advice on personal experience
- minimal nutritional qualifications
- often advise missing out whole food groups out of diet
So should you be getting your nutritional advice from the wellness bloggers or from the nutrition science geeks like us (aka dietitians)? I know who I will be listening to!