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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 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

“Look at what the dietitian is eating” – Part 2

A small-town RD from Nova Scotia shares her take on how to respond to comments about your food choices.

LLHS1.jpgLynette Amirault is a true East Coast girl. She loves the ocean and is fiercely proud of her French Acadian heritage. Lynette loves her work as a clinical dietitian at the Yarmouth Hospital in Nova Scotia. Occasionally, you may find her volunteering her time speaking to community groups about good nutrition, where she mostly tells people to worry less about analyzing labels and eat more vegetables instead. Leave a comment for Lynette below!

I was born and raised in rural Nova Scotia (NS). I have lived here all my life, except for the few years I pursued my post-secondary education. After returning to NS to complete my dietetic internship, I started working here as a dietitian.

My friends and colleagues affectionately know me as, “The One Who Knows Everyone.” The converse is also true: after practicing as a dietitian in the community hospital for 15 years, most people know who I am and what I do. It’s no surprise that there are people who may pay particular attention to what I eat when I’m out in public with my family, or even what I choose to eat at work. continue reading

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