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Should cooking be a dietetic competency?

Begley, Andrea & Gallegos, Danielle (2010) Should cooking be a dietetic competency? Nutrition & Dietetics, 67(1), pp. 41-46.

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Abstract

Aim: There are issues surrounding the apparent decline and devaluing of cooking skills in the population, potential health impacts and the role of dietitians. The present paper aims to outline several arguments and raise questions on the relationship between cooking and dietetics.----------

Methods: Evidence from dietetics and nutrition journals and other sources is used to develop positions for dietetics and its relationship to cooking and cooking skills. ----------

Results: The historical relationship between dietetics and home economics has seen dietetics professionally distance itself by its scientific education on food and nutrition, rather than actual involvement with cooking. In pursuing this rational scientific approach there are concerns that dietitians have inadvertently supported the growth of the functional and convenience food market, particularly given the demise of home economics as a skill-based curricula in schools in several states. There is a need to consider what role cooking skills could have in dietetics training as a professional competency for practice, particularly for public health interventions. This is in the light of Commonwealth government funding that is legitimising cooking skill interventions as a policy response to obesity. There may be a role for dietitians to develop partnerships and train a new professional category or paraprofessionals and/or peer educators to deliver cooking skill interventions. ----------

Conclusion: There is a need for research on dietitian's views and use of cooking skill interventions. This would help answer whether we should consider cooking and cooking skills as part of our professional practice and whether cooking should be a dietetic competency.

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ID Code: 38265
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: competency, cooking skill, dietetics, home economics, intevention
DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2010.01392.x
ISSN: 14466368
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Authors -- Journal compilation © 2010 Dietitians Association of Australia
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2010 08:32
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:16

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