Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Quack Nutritionist/ Dietitian.. is that you?

Because the real one.. will teach you how to love foods, no food is bad, it just that the amount of portion determine it, .. not the one who over promoting their products and fetishing foods.. but to instil balance foods for the sake of lifestyle changes.. never solely on the product profit.,


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If you want me to be honest, this is a very heavy topic to discuss. But, this case is now in the alarming rise, so here we go...

First of all, the word nutritionist should not be confused with a dietitian. Nutritionist in general, is someone who advises people on nutrition, and help them to achieve their optimum well being. Dietitian is a healthcare professionals, who have received accredited tertiary education and training, and undertake internship in hospitals. There are few reasons why quack nutritionist is existed in today's world. 

REASON NUMBER 1 -

FEW YEARS BACK, WE DO NOT HAVE ACT TO PROTECT THE PROFESSION.

This is probably the reason why, people are free to claim themselves as a nutritionist - as they think, attended a few nutrition workshop is eligible for them to claim themselves. Now, since we have the act to protect our healthcare profession, hopefully people won't be free to use that title again, neither a dietitian nor a nutritionist.

Those who have done many readings, and very optimistic to claim themselves as one, until to the extend, they invented a new products of them, which is brilliant.. but yes, they are overpromoting!  To the extend they gave invalid nutrition education, start brainwashing people - to gain profits over their products, which is good, but bad for the consumers! 

REASON NUMBER 2 -

THE NATURE OF THE NUTRITIONIST JOB ITSELF. 

Yes, they are a certified nutritionists, for the sake of life expenses and survival, they have to do this. Overpromoting of a certain products as they are bound to the company. At some point, while protecting their professionalism, they had to be quacks! They know some people do not need those supplements, but they had to do this - for the sake of KPI and because they are paid to do that.

But then, they are a few certified who loves being quackery, as long as the money comes in, they do not care anymore, not even looking back at their backbone. Clearly against the ethics, so shall we labelled them quack? .. Nope, we don't. Let them labelled themselves.

There are some nutritionist, who are qualified and certified to practice in their profession, but sometimes the nature of their works are against the ethics that we have practised and promised to imply.

This is what happen in Malaysia. Some company are using our certificate to sell their products, to gain profit in the name of dietitian and nutritionist - the ugly truth. 


I clearly, have no problem seeing a quack dietitian as of now, but I faced this kind of problem. I met people through linkedIn and..

"Hi, Masfara, nice to connect with you. I am a nutritionist and have kickstarted a new bussiness model which has been approved by the government. I would like to invite you to join me. I saw your profile and you are from the nutrition line.. there are a few opportunities available, and interview will be conducted - income range RM3000-RM9000"  

Are they quacks as well? I don't know. They know themselves better.

REASON NUMBER 3 -

THOSE GENERAL NUTRITION AND HEALTH ADVISES

Nah, this comes to the main concern. People seems trying to educate our public on healthy and balanced meal.

" Eat variety of foods, less fatty foods, no processed foods, less salty foods, lots of greens and fruits everyday!"- and those simple dietary advises. 


Some of the self-claimed nutritionist, may probably have a higher level of understanding towards some issue of foods or products and yes we could not deny it. But.. if you want to know the real one, the real dietitian and nutritionist profession, they have their PRIDE and they know their ethiques. That, they will never go too much on promoting any products- well, maybe they promote, but they know the balance, what to do and what they should not do. 

What is happening is that, these quacks are fetishising foods and bamboozling people.  No, this should never happened in the real dietitian and nutritionist. For the real one, we try educating them on lifestyle changes. You can eat everything, be comfortable with your food. Not giving an extremely irrational comments on certain foods. Because of their irresponsibility actions, many people seems to fall to their advices. 

My big question mark, why do you go to hospital meeting their healthcare professionals, if your quacks are very good? If the products can heal it? 
Because, we are simply trusted. 

And, I am quite agree that some of the people needs Oral Nutrition Support or some supplementation. That's why you have to talk to someone who is not biased. Ask the person in charge of the products on the contents, but when it comes to consumption, please please please, always see your dietitian or nutritionist. Because, wherever we are, whoever we are, we still have our own backbone. 
Which is to help you.. to change your lifestyle changes. 

I have a few clients, whom I tried to give their customised diet plan and all, when I give them the template, they questioned me on my action. 

"Why do you giving me rice? I want to lose weight.. are you sure with your planning?"

This is hard guys. Explaining from A to Z on what is calories and carbohydrates exchanges. To make them believe and to convince them. 

So, because of excellent marketing of those nutriquacks, people are lead to the path of analysing all foods are bad and only supplementation could help their issues. Those testimonials of certain products are rubbish, I tell you. Some may true, some may not. Do not easily fall for products testimonials, because behind those  .. - you should buy this. And, for you.. please think! Until what extend will you consume the products? If that products are that good, you do not have to buy many times, once is enough!  So, please don't fruitlessly giving your money away to people who do not deserve it. I understand how people do business, but never blindly prescribed something unnecessary!

If you have and lead a healthy lifestyle - you don't need those supplementations, you might need it, but know your body first. How? Consult your healthcare professional - especially a dietitian and a nutritionist!

Because, we do not resort to pseudoscience.

Thanks for reading.

2 comments:

  1. RIndu bah bckp plus mbawang ngan kau pasal benda ni dowh. agrred with u! #kitasatugeng

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    1. While protecting your profesionalism. Gambateh la! Never forget your backbone

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