Glossary of terms



A dietary regimen (nutritional plan) for an individual, which must meet specific requirements, for medical reasons.

Dietary prescription

The program of requirements upon which the diet is based.

Dietary advice

The dietary prescription expressed in terms of foods.

Good nutritional status

Having a sufficient amount of all the nutrients required by the body at a given time.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

The BMI indicates whether someone’s weight is in balance with their height. The weight is divided by the square of the height: Body Mass Index (BMI) =    weight (kg) divided by height² (m²)