After the recent demonstration for the fight for the inclusion of the dietitian-nutritionist in public health that took place in Madrid, I have been thinking about several things, such as who works in nutrition in this country, who does not work and why than.
The answer is very simple, those who have their own consultation work, that is, those who have had the opportunity, powerful gentleman Mr. Money, to set up something on their own and thus be able to develop what they have learned during 3-4 years. But this does not end here, because now it turns out that what was learned with so much effort in the race, is mostly useless information, lacking evidence or obsolete. This is the harsh reality. For this, those who really feel an interest in the profession, attend courses assiduously to which they have to pay cheap fees, buy books, subscribe to magazines, and religiously pay their fees to the corresponding college or association.
On the other hand, at the public level, in a hospital or health center, you can find different health professionals, each of them trying to cover the need for a dietitian-nutritionist in their own way. The methods are various, from outdated 1500, 1800, 2000 diet sheets for diabetics or non-diabetics; Grandma’s advice, recommendations that were left years ago and myths, so difficult to uproot among people. Hopefully, in a hospital there will be a dietician, in a kitchen, but that for the most part, it is not what it should be heard.
Honestly, I could continue to number who works, from celebrities to people who take an online course for a small fee, but let’s leave it here.
Who does not work
Those who have not had the opportunity in Spain, those who do not have the income to set up a clinic on their own, those who cannot even pay the quarterly fee to their corresponding school to access a few offers do not work as dietitians-nutritionists or technicians (ads to work at least one day a week, oh! thank you!) or those who lack experience (how paradoxical), not counting all those who have been forced to emigrate to have a more dignified life, far from their dreams of practicing the profession for which they were prepared one day in their country and increasingly closer to practicing it in another (with a lot of effort) or simply, change course.
What happens in the meantime?
It happens that Spain tops the list of countries with obesity , that if you need a nutritionist, you have to pay. Who has money to pay a nutritionist when we also have such a high unemployment rate?
It happens that some of those who studied cannot exercise , that Spain spent money on them that will not pay off, because who is going to hire a nutritionist and where?
It happens that those who want or wanted to continue studying and doctorate, had the opportunity as long as the expenses were on their own, because there is no money to research , but who is going to spend 4-5 years researching without receiving anything in return? We are talking about a person who would end up with 30 years living under the shelter of their parents, is that quality of life?
It happens that we not only find ourselves with a Malnourished Health, we find ourselves with a Malnourished Spain where there are health problems caused mostly by eating habits and sedentary lifestyle, there are not enough professionals at our disposal to consult, there are no educators in schools and institutes that educate parents and children on how and what to eat in a healthy way, even with small and precarious budgets.