POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 6:38pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 7:54pm
TYLER, TX (KETK) - — Today, more people are looking into careers in nutrition.
According to statistics, the industry has a 20% growth rate between 2010 and 2020.
As the obesity rate goes up, so is the business of being a registered dietitian or nutritionist.
Tecora Smith was studying nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.
She took a class on nutrition and was instantly hooked.
Smith is now the program WIC director for Net Health.
She says more people are looking at their own lives and how they can become healthy while helping others.
"I interviewed someone the other day. I had to ask her what made you go into nutrition and dietitian and she said one day I thought I was to heavy and this wasn't healthy for me," said Smith.
The Northeast Texas Public Health District partners with the Stephen F. Austin dietetic internship program.
Students need to intern 1200 hours.
Nisha Josey is one of ten students interning at the Public Health District.
Josey tells KETK she wants to help people live a healthy life.
"If you do not know exactly what you are eating you should go and meet a dietitian and get proper knowledge for that," said Josey.
Sara Upson is one the few private practicing dietitians in Tyler, but helps people all over the world.
Upson says it is exciting to see more and more people interested in this field because Tyler does have an obesity problem.
"I see what is really important is focusing on health. Figuring out how to make changes that are long term that you can continue for the rest of your life," said Upson.