Although we have seen more people of color enter the field since I started practicing dietetics five years ago, the diversity rates are still abysmal and the inclusion needs to be happening at a faster pace. People often think of diversity as obligatory checkboxes without realizing that it actually enhances our organizations and makes us better providers. When more cultures are represented, we’re able to connect with patients on a more meaningful level. Because of the lack of diversity in the field, health and nutrition resources are not always inclusive.
I think that when it comes to food and nutrition media, the problem is worse. Wellness is typically equated to a naturally thin, able-bodied, blonde woman striking yoga poses or drinking a green smoothie in a remodeled white kitchen. This is unfortunate because it excludes so many people who don’t identify with that narrative. We need to do a better job of including practitioners of color in the healthcare conversation by being inclusive when deciding who to invite to speak on panels or who to feature on our platforms.
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