Diversity in dietetics has been in the news lately, and the lack of awareness of diverse diets and body types has been highlighted. In this article originally published in the Winter 2021 issue of the Ventures newsletter for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I share my thoughts on how we can promote diversity in our field.
What is your definition of diversity and why it is important in the dietetics field?
I consider diversity to refer to the existence of individuals who are unique with respect to numerous characteristics; that could be in terms of age, religion, country of origin, race, physical ability, etc. Diversity is of paramount importance in dietetics to be able to provide the best care; as our characteristics influence how we relate to our patients and thus how our patients respond to us, we would be putting those we serve at a great disadvantage if we don’t embrace our unique characteristics and promote diversity on a large scale.