Introducing the Children's Nutrition blog
My name is Sarah and I will be blogging for Bub Hub on children's nutrition. Since this is the first blog post, I will tell you a bit about myself and a bit about what I do.
I am a nutritionist and I am completing a PhD with the Children's Nutrition Research Centre (University of Queensland), looking at the relationship between dentition, diet and body composition in preterm and term-born children. I am also the resident nutritionist at ChatBox Speech Pathology in Brisbane, and the mother of a beautiful 2-year-old boy named Setri.
What is a nutritionist?
In my case, I have a Bachelor of Applied Science in Food Science and Nutrition and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), from the University of Queensland.
There is currently no authority or regulatory body that assesses the qualifications of nutritionists who are not dietitians. This means that there are plenty of people who practice as nutritionists who have dubious qualifications. Always check before you take advice on board!
What does a nutritionist do?
A lot of things! A nutritionist's primary role is to give advice on healthy eating, lifestyle and weight management. This can be one-on-one advice, or advice for large groups of people in the general population (e.g. children, pregnant women, people who work in an office job where they sit down all day).
One very important thing to remember is that people seeking specific, clinical dietary advice for a medical condition should be seeing a dietitian. A dietitian can do the job of a nutritionist, but a nutritionist is not qualified to do the job of a dietitian.
What can I look forward to in this blog?
As a nutrition researcher I am interested in nutrition research. Expect a lot of updates on the latest research in the field of children's nutrition.
Tips for parents of picky eaters.
Myth-busting! There is a lot of BAD information out there (my pet hate). I'll tackle some of the nutrition myths.
Special requests. Is there a topic YOU would like to know more about, and you would like reliable, up-to-date information? Let me know!
Recipes. An awful lot of mainstream nutrition advice is about self-deprivation, which is not a philosophy I embrace for children or for adults. Everyday meals should be all about good health, but I'm not a believer in so-called 'healthy' versions of treat foods that never quite hit the spot. All recipes posted will be for REAL, yummy food!
Children's Nutrition Research Centre
ChatBox Speech Pathology