‘Pie hole’, colloquial for one’s mouth, is believed to have evolved in the USA in the 1980s from the British expression ‘cake hole’ (coined in the mid 20th century). Pie hole refers to a mouth, as in: Shut your pie hole or, in this case: Put less in your pie hole.

A Dietitian What Now?

In 25 words or less, a dietitian is:

A credentialed/certified nutrition expert who is a university-qualified professional, continually participating in training and education.


What do Dietitans do?

Commonly thought of as ‘food police’ or ‘food prudes’ (a term coined by my husband), only a small part of ‘dietitian-ing’ is weight loss related. Indeed, dietetics is the medical application of nutrition – more on this below. Dietitians can work in hospitals, aged care facilities, community health centers, food services, the food and medical nutrition industry, private practice, government, research and more.

How are they different to a nutritionist?

All dietitians can call themselves nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. Dietitians undergo medical training including supervised practice in hospitals – remember, medical application of nutrition. Dietitians use food as ‘Medical Nutrition Therapy’ to manage health conditions and diseases. Dietitians are also required to undertake professional development activities to ensure they remain up to date with research and practices.