The British Dietetic Association is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS).
A number of BDA members are already members of BOMSS, so this step will build on existing strong links. It will commit both bodies to raise awareness of the other within their own membership, alongside greater collaboration on joint communications and policy on the important topics of obesity and weight management.
The BDA’s Obesity Specialist Group will continue to take the lead on the Association’s relationship with BOMSS. Mary O’Kane, BDA Obesity Specialist Group Bariatric Officer and Allied Health Professional representative to BOMSS Council said: “I am delighted that we have taken this step to further bolster the relationship between the BDA and BOMSS. Obesity is probably the biggest public health challenge now facing the UK, and it is vital that healthcare professionals work together to tackle this issue, be developing training, campaigns or resources of professional relevance.”
- Read the BDA and BOMSS MoU here.
- The British Dietetic Association, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with almost 9,000 members.
- Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
- Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.