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 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 as evidenced by her completing postgraduate degrees in Human Nutrition (Merit) and Dietetics and Nutrition (Distinction). She is also a Doctoral Researcher (PhD) in Food and Nutritional Sciences. Tai was awarded an academic prize (Maggie Sanderson Prize) in 2019 for her exceptional work in academia.
She has experience assessing individuals from different ethnic backgrounds, various age groups with different types of medical conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, cancer, liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease. One of her roles as a Dietitian is to use up-to-date evidence-based information on nutrition to help individuals manage their conditions and optimise their health and nutrition.
She is involved in research, currently looking at 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 300,000 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 various events 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 also likes exploring her creative side and entwining this with her knowledge in research and nutrition to create infographics. She posts these on her verified Instagram account entitled ‘Tai Talks Nutrition’. The main aims of her Instagram are to debunk common myths and misconceptions on diet and nutrition and provide general public health advice.
Tai was nominated for the Complete Nutrition Awards 2020 for Social Media Personality Award.
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 positive healthy eating and lifestyle choice tailored to their needs.