Registered Dietitians Help People Attain Their Goals
Food choices many people make are done so based on urges, desires and finances. As a result, Canada has over 4 million people who are failing to get the nutrition levels their bodies need. According to Stats Canada in 2014, just over 20 percent of adults in Canada (approximately 5.3 million), classified themselves as being obese. This does not include those who are obese and do not acknowledge it.
A study from the University of British Columbia released in February 2013 discovered that obesity rates are continuing to rise in Canada. More than 30 percent of those in the Maritimes and territories are estimated to be obese. Here in Ontario obesity rates are just above the national average. This translates to a massive strain on the federal and provincial health care systems in coming years. Being overweight and having poor nutrition means degenerative diseases will increase exponentially.
For many, this topic brings a sense of shame and this should not be the case. We all make mistakes in life and many of us become addicted to various vices throughout our lifetime. In fact, a 2012 study conducted by Memorial University in Newfoundland found that 1 in 20 Canadians are categorically addicted to food. Unfortunately the food choices they turn to are generally unhealthy foods or foods that may appear to be healthy but are loaded with glucose/fructose and other forms of sugars. Even beverage choices such as pop, slushies or ice cappuccinos may satisfy an emotional need but if these are regular choices these beverages are laced with sugars and other questionable ingredients. Having a registered dietician help to get you back on track may be just what you’re looking for.
A Registered Dietitian’s Role
A good registered dietitian takes sound scientific research about food and nutrition and puts it into layman’s terms to help their clients fully understand what their diet is doing for them – good or bad. They find practical solutions that fit into their client’s budgets to help them improve the quality of food they are eating.
Dietitians don’t have pre-packaged meals or try to sell you specific products to help you; they simply provide solid advice that is specifically-tailored to each individual.
Registered dietitians have university degrees in food and nutrition from an accredited university program. They also have hundreds of hours of supervised hands-on training. Once they are practising on their own or in a clinic setting, registered dieticians must maintain a high level of ethics and complete annual professional development to ensure they are kept up-to-date.
Why Visit a Registered Dietitian?
There can be a multitude of reasons why a person may choose to visit a registered dietitian. Some of these include:
- Weight loss or weight gain is needed.
- Digestive system problems.
- Food allergies.
- Menu planning when changing over to a specific diet such as gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan.
- Sports nutrition.
- Wanting dietary help to aid in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, liver disease, etc.
- Changing a diet to ensure as many nutrients as possible are being consumed to help limit supplements.
When an individual visits a Registered Dietitian, he or she can be rest assured that they get accurate information from an educated professional who is help accountable for his or her expertise. Registered dietitians have a wealth of knowledge and can provide better advice about diet than most weight loss clinics.
For more information about food choices and how we can help you attain your goals, feel free to call our office during regular business hours and one of our associates will be please to speak with you. Established in 2007 by Dr. Behfar Sanjari, Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has been committed to providing quality health care services to the Greater Toronto Area for a decade. We have clinics located in Richmond Hill and Newmarket, call 905-918-0419 or 905-235-2620 for more information.