Tai Ibitoye is a Dietitian registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a full member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). She is currently the new Chair of the BDA Freelance Dietitians Specialist Group.
She has over 7 years of experience working within the food and nutrition field – working within the NHS, public health organisations, non-government organisations, academia and research.
She has a very strong academic background in nutrition as evidenced by her completing postgraduate degrees in MSc Human Nutrition (Merit) and PGDip Dietetics and Nutrition (Distinction). She is also a Doctoral Researcher (PhD) in Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Tai was awarded an academic prize – the Maggie Sanderson Prize in 2019 for her exceptional work in academia and dietetics. She was also awarded a prize for top 3 Best 5 minutes oral communication at the 4th Food and Nutritional Sciences Research Symposium (University of Reading) in 2021 where she presented her early findings of her nutrition research study.
Tai has experience assessing individuals from different ethnic backgrounds, age groups and medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, cancer, sickle cell disease, liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease.
One of her roles as a Dietitian is to use the most up-to-date evidence-based information on nutrition to help individuals manage conditions and optimise their health and nutrition. Tai currently specialises in nutrition support for adults, public health nutrition, weight management, women’s health and African and Caribbean diets.
She is involved in research, currently looking at various factors that affect appetite and dietary intakes among the UK elderly population. Prior to this, she was involved in an interesting public health study, which investigated the prevalence of “less healthy” food adverts near schools in a London borough in view of the high rates of childhood obesity in the UK. This study gained a lot of interest and she had the opportunity to present findings at the Houses of Parliament and at the University of Warwick for the Annual Public Health England conference in 2019. Abstract for this study is found in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics.
When she is not assessing individuals, giving dietary advice or doing research, she is writing for different online magazines and news forum. She has written nutrition-related articles for The Conversation, which is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community. She gained over 350,00 readers in a year!
She has also contributed to articles for BBC Food, Women’s Health Magazine UK, Stylist Magazine, Huffington Post and more. Some of her articles have been republished in The Independent News and Yahoo News.
Tai’s been invited to speak at events and conferences across London that focus on improving the wellbeing of young people – particularly those from black and minority ethnic groups and provides ethnic-specific nutrition advice and information.
She likes exploring her creative side and entwining this with her knowledge in research and nutrition to create detailed yet light-hearted infographics that everyone can understand and relate to. She posts these on her Instagram account (@taitalksnutrition). The main aims of her Instagram are to debunk common myths and misconceptions on diet and nutrition and provide general public health advice.
Tai’s role as a Dietitian is very multifaceted, no two days are the same for her. However, in all she does, she uses her different skill sets to help people make appropriate food and lifestyle choice tailored to their health, nutritional, social and cultural needs.
What People Say
Tai was the lead speaker at our event ‘The Healthy Woman Forum’ in Bulgaria. Tai delivered a powerful, passionate and informative message in a way that was both interactive and insightful. Those that attended said they felt comfortable asking her questions relating to diet and nutrition which speaks volumes about her ability to connect and engage with the audience. It was a great event and everyone that attended left having gained knowledge and practical advice that they were able to implement in their day to day lives thanks to Tai.Dr A. Obeng (Medical Doctor)
Tai was an absolute dream to work with. She made the study possible with her incredible knowhow and her willingness to walk equivalent of 2 marathons during her fieldwork!F. E-Roberts (Former Public Health Manager – Healthy Environment)
Tai joined the Solent Nutrition programme for a guest lecture this academic year following a recommendation from two of my final year students. Tai provided a fantastic insight into her career to date and explored her work in nutrition education. The session was a complete success and the students were really inspired by the depth & breadth of knowledge Tai shared with them. I look forward to inviting Tai back to our programme next year!Dr S. Hillier (Course Lead, Solent University)
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