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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I talked to my son, the Registered Dietician, and it seems the American Dietetic Association has already proposed new and stiffer qualifications for dieticians. In former times, the dietetics programs were run out of college Home Economics departments (remember them?). Then the rules changed the requirements for being "Registered" to include a 4 year degree in Nutrition Science plus a one year clinical internship plus the state exam (my son did that). Now, in anticipation of a greater and more critical role (read "lucrative role") following obesity being named a disease, they are proposing requiring a master's degree prior to the one year internship. What better way to limit the payment goodies to a smaller, more elite club? That education is vital for true nutritional diseases, but for counseling the overweight? Do you really need the same education to counsel the overweight as you do for helping those with failing livers, missing bowels, or throat muscle failure? Evidently.

Nope, but as soon as anything needs to be scrutinized by insurance companies, requirements boom to limit the pool of recipients for the coming largesse.

It has begun.
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  • GABY1948
    I was gone all day so just saw this one...I agree with HAS begun...the world is taking a path that it has truly not thought out! They don't realize what is going to happen in so many things and the one knows history anymore (few) so history will again be destined in so many ways to repeat itself. emoticon emoticon
    1607 days ago
    I hope, as Toni suggested, that there will be grandfathering for RDs who are under the current set of requirements.
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    1608 days ago
    Interesting. Thanks for the insight.
    1608 days ago
    I think the "guild" approach to professionalism has all the problems you are talking about here, sadly. Usually there is a grandfathering when that kind of licensure happens. Hope that is so for your son. As we know, an extra degree does not guarrantee effective care.
    1608 days ago
    Nell: I had sent a comment thinking I was responding to an Over 60's "thread" and it didn't sink in until I was out driving that I was responding to your BLOG...i'M SORRY. Your blogging is your business!!!
    1609 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/26/2013 7:02:47 PM
    1609 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    It is just like having a doctor shortage and then making the ones who are qualified go back for more (expensive, longer, intense) training. Now THAT should help any shortage!

    What are people (in charge) thinking????
    1609 days ago
    There are several reasons a person can be overweight - for them to throw ALL of us into one category (as a disease) is wrong
    1609 days ago
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