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There are many reasons to undertake a nutrition course. But aside from gaining insights into the way food affects our health, the ever-improving job outlook is also a solid reason.
We have more information than ever before about the effects of healthy eating and good nutrition. But understanding the hows and whys of good nutrition can shine an interesting light on different aspects of our lives.
Whether you’re looking to learn more about nutrition to live your best life, or you want to help others live theirs, studying a course in nutrition and dietetics can help you achieve these goals.
What is the role of a Nutritionist?
There is no national standard needed to call yourself a Nutritionist in Australia and the term Nutritionist can be used freely by people with a range of backgrounds. People with a Certificate IV in Nutrition & Dietetics can call themselves a Nutritionist but those who study and attain a certificate in a non-accredited programme may also call themselves a Nutritionist. As such, it’s important for Nutritionists to advertise and promote the qualifications they’ve achieved.
Nutritionists can use their knowledge to educate and advise people on healthy eating habits and how food can affect their overall health and wellbeing.
Sometimes, people who are qualified in other areas of the health sector – like Personal Trainers or Counsellors – may also look at studying a qualification in nutrition to expand on their existing skillset. This adds an extra layer to the services they can offer their clients.
What is the role of a Dietitian?
Dietitians are tertiary qualified in food, nutrition and dietetics. Dietitians may work in many of the same settings as Nutritionists, such as public health and community nutrition, research and teaching, food industry and nutrition marketing and communications. However, Dietitians are also qualified to work in hospitals and the medical nutrition industry.
The key difference between a Dietitian and a nutritionist is that, in addition to or as part of their qualification in human nutrition, a Dietitian has undertaken a course of study that includes substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.
In Australia, all dietitians are considered to be Nutritionists, but Nutritionists without a dietetics qualification cannot work as Dietitians. With the health and wellness industry currently booming, there are increasingly large numbers of desirable career options available for those with substantial study in either nutrition or dietetics.
Why the right nutrition course can be so rewarding
There are plenty of reasons to study a course in nutrition, whether you’re looking to better look after yourself or because you want to help others in a professional capacity.
Our lifestyles and eating habits continue to change dramatically compared to previous decades. We’re aware of the importance of exercise and healthy eating, and how our diet choices also affect the world around us. For example, do you think twice about choosing products that don’t use sustainable ingredients or harvesting techniques?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics also has some pretty daunting figures.
The latest available figures show that:
- In 2017–18, 67% of Australian adults were overweight or obese – or around 12.5 million people. This is an increase from 63.4% in 2014–15.
- In 2017-18, a greater proportion of men aged 18 years and over were overweight or obese (74.5%) compared to women (59.7%)
- 24.9% of children aged 5-17 years were overweight or obese in 2017-18. However, despite nearly a quarter of children in this age bracket being classed as such, this figure has remained steady over the last decade.
A recent study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare also showed that there was a direct link between people eating out or ordering takeaway ,leading to poor health. The study found that there was a prevalence of 'moderate abdominal obesity' among people who ate takeaway food more than once a week.
Excess weight has been linked to a number of serious health options, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.
But more than that, poor eating habits can also lead to other problems besides obesity, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, and an increased risk of stroke.
On the other hand, healthy eating habits can have an incredible effect on your mind and body. Not only can good eating habits improve your health, thus limiting the risks of developing a chronic disease, but they can also help you sleep better, improve your concentration and mood, and generally help you to live a better life.
Why should I study a VET course in nutrition and dietetics?
Studying OC’s online HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics) is ideal for those looking to enter the health industry, or for those looking to develop extra knowledge around nutrition – for example, Personal Trainers who are looking to add another layer of service to their existing skillset.
This certificate also allows you membership to Nutrition Australia, the peak industry body for the nutrition industry in Australia.
On top of that, it can also act as a pathway to university. As OC has partnered with Charles Sturt University, you can use your OC certificate as credit towards certain bachelor degrees.
To find out more about this course as a pathway to university, check out the course page.
So as you can see, studying an online course with OC in nutrition can have plenty of rewards. Whether you’re studying for personal reasons or because you’re passionate about helping others lead healthy, fulfilling lives, a course in Nutrition and Dietetics could help you find your calling.
What are you waiting for? Enrol today and start studying.