Stop Self Proclaimed Dietitians from Misleading People & Playing Havoc with their Health
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We are Graduate + Post Graduate in Nutrition from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University & also Life Time Member of Indian Dietetic Association. Yesterday We came across a Facebook live Video of a Dietitian followed by 60,000 Indians. She was advising them lethal diet advises which is not backed by science.Examples of her diet advise (Exact Wordings), We tried to correct her but she didn't agree.
- 1 crystal of sugar has 4 Kcal, so 1 spoon of sugar has 100 crystals which make it 500 Kcal. (Fact: 1 tsp of Sugar contains 5 gms of sugar which give you 20 Kcal, Source- IFCT 2017)
- She said protein & fats are micronutrients (Fact- They are macro nutrients)
All the sources she gave us were from google search & no authentic book or website was followed by her. When we asked an explanation, she removed us from her group.
She is also giving 1000 Kcal genric Weight loss diet plan without considering the factors like age, gender, physical activity & co-morbidities. (No disclaimer was given to patients)
FACT- Ideally, we follow RDA 2010 given by Indian Council Of Medical Research. For weight loss of 1 kg per week we subtract 1000 Kcal by Diet or Exercise or combination of both & as per the guideline we cannot prescribe a diet below 1200 Kcal as this much calories are essential to sustain normal metabolic activities.
By her vague statements, she is misleading the general public, playing havoc with their lives of People. Because of free services, people are getting tempted including diabetics & kidney disorder audience, they are blindly following them which can prove to be lethal for them later on.
This is just one case we came across with proof, there are many more such SELF PROCLAIMED DIETITIANS OUT HERE IN INDIA, as there is no regulation by Indian Govt yet on anybody practicing Alternative therapies.
Although IDA came up with its guidelines that states difference between Dietitian & Nutritionist but this concept is still not clear amongst general public & govt support is needed to spread awareness. (IDA GUIDELINES - https://goo.gl/coVMD6 )
By this Petition, We request Indian Dietetic Association, Prime Minister Of India - Mr. Narendra Modi, Health Minister of India- Mr. JP Nadda to take action & regulate the norms by giving us Registered License like doctors & make it mandatory for us to write that on our Prescription pads & boards.
Patients should have right to know qualifications of the health professional they go to & they should have open access to govt website that allows them to verify the degree & other details of their Health professional.
I want my country to be Healthy & disease free. Also, our Indian Population should have the right to know about the person's qualification in whom hands they are putting their lives in.
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