What is Nutrition & Dietetics?
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Dietetics is the health field that focuses on the interaction between nutrition & heath~
yeah… not as fun as eating the food right?
Then again, what is ??
Jokes aside, nutrition and dietetics (N&D for short) studies how food, nutrients and other dietery components affect health development and disease prevention. From that, dietetics and nutritionists can utilize their knowledge for a variety of health promoting campaigns.
What does N&D encompasses?
From the human body to the food we take, N&D studies a wide range of factors that correlate one’s food intake to his/her health
Role of nutrients in body structure, function and physical activities
Chemical properties of basic food materials and the alterations
The nutritional process & nutritional needs for various stages of the life cycle
Social, cultural & economical factors that influenced the food and nutritional habits of people around the world
Current nutritional issues such as lack of awareness
What is the job scope?
Dietitians often focus their effort on specific populations, facilitates and initiatives to improve the general health condition & nutritional awareness. This includes:
Tailor specific nutritional therapies to address specific health issues through the use of the natural properties in food
Develop facility-wide nutrition programs for institutions
Increase public awareness of proper nutritional standards & habits
Ensure and improve the nutritional quality of prepared food & the accuracy of food labels
Research on how changes in diet can affect health
Why IMU for N&D or Nutrition?
Both N&D and nutrition are considered relatively new courses in Malaysia, thus if you want to pursue your future in this field, options are limited. Currently IMU is the only private university in Malaysia that offers both. The course covers a variety of sectors in the field, from general chemistry to lifespan nutrition to even food culture & nutrition. There’s also a chance for you to prepare your own wholesome meal and sell it in the university! Finally, in the final year, students would be sent off to undertake professional training in food service and community nutrition in a variety of community and healthcare settings, rotating from one place to another to gain exposure in multiple settings.
What are you opinions on N&D ?
Anything you’ll like to add on? Or do you have any questions regarding the topic?
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