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Oct
15
2015

Flowers in the urinal: Is the lack of men in dietetics really an issue?

Brandon Gheller, a dietitian and Ph.D. student, explores the gender divide in the dietetics profession.


BGheadshot1.jpgBrandon Gheller completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University where his research projects focused on pediatric obesity. In conjunction with Dr. Daphne Lordly, Brandon has recently published a review in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research entitled, “Males in Dietetics, What Can be Learned from the Nursing Profession? A Narrative Review of the Literature.” He would be ever so happy if you read it and even cited it. For those interested in further exploration of this topic you can contact Brandon at bjg223@cornell.edu or @B_Gheller on Twitter. He has a plethora of ideas for discussion and collaboration!

As a white Canadian male, being in the minority in Halifax, Nova Scotia was foreign to me – until I entered my first dietetics class at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). Prior to stepping into that classroom, I had no exposure to the field of dietetics and, frankly, didn’t know what a dietitian was until ten months earlier when I Googled “nutrition jobs.”
 
I was clueless to the gender imbalance in the profession and, upon entering the classroom, I thought the disproportionally high number of females might just be a product of the high number at MSVU. continue reading

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