3 MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DIETITIANS & NUTRITIONISTS

3 MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DIETITIANS & NUTRITIONISTS

November 7, 2019 16 By William Morgan


Since all dietitians are nutritionist,
not all nutritionists are dietitians the
words are not synonyms.
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Hi everyone my
name is Kim I am a Registered Dietitian
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my channel I have something special in
store for all of you today. So I don’t
know why I actually didn’t address this
topic sooner but I think it’s something
that needs to be discussed and that’s
the difference between a dietitian and a
nutritionist. When I was at work today it
actually just, it just came to me like:
Kim you haven’t even discussed what’s
the difference between a dietitian and
nutritionist so I’m making this video
for you guys just to clear up any
misconceptions that you may have or
questions that may be rolling in your
mind. So there are three main differences
between a dietitian and nutritionists
and they revolve around the definition
of the terms, the education, as well as
the legal protection. So let’s first
start off with the definition; by
definition a dietitian is a qualified,
professional person who provides
counseling or medical nutrition therapy
for individuals pertaining to their
health, nutritional status, and well-being.
So that is a definition in a nutshell
condensed form. A nutritionist on the
other hand [is] anyone who studies food and
nutrition or nutritional sciences and
also seeks to prevent nutritional
deficiency. So something I didn’t want to
point out: all dietitians are
nutritionists
so that definition of nutritionist also
is applicable to a dietitian, but however;
since all dietitians are nutritionists
not all nutritionists are dietitians– the
words are not synonyms. So let’s look at
the education. eEducationally dietitians
are required at this present time to
have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree so
I’m just gonna put in a side note right
here I’ve made a video before popping up
now in 2024 a minimum
of a bachelor’s degree is not gonna cut
it guys you’re going to have to have a
master’s degree, but at this time
dietitians are required to have a
minimum of a bachelor’s degree and they
have to complete specific coursework
that is approved by the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics. Additionally,
after completing this coursework a
dietitian has to go through an approved;
it can’t just be any internship, an
approved internship and has to meet
certain amount of hours and then after
that internship is finished then they
sit for the boards from the Commission
on Dietetic registration. That is the
education of a dietitian at this present
time. For nutritionist, a nutritionist may
be someone who holds a bachelor’s,
master’s, or even a doctorate degree in
nutrition. Now notice their coursework is
not approved by any type of board like
the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
for dietitians is. It can be any
coursework in nutrition. Additionally,
some nutritionists don’t even have a
formal education anyone can call
themselves a nutritionist. And that brings
us to legal protection. The term
“registered dietitian” which is what I am
it’s protected by law. Not everyone can
call themselves a registered dietitian. A
nutritionist, on the other hand, depending
what state you’re in; someone that has a
PhD and then someone that you know just
studies nutrition on their own depending
what state you live in can both be
called
a nutritionist. Now some states do
protect that terminology “nutritionist”
and some states require nutritionists to
go to like a board and get an
occupational license where they are
certified legally. The term nutritionist
it’s kind of it’s touch-and-go it can
get a little sketchy, but with registered
dietitian it’s concrete, you know what
you’re getting, you know the background
and it’s more solid. When you see the
term nutritionist do not get all excited
look for that RD that registered
dietitian right behind that name
it explains a lot. Additionally, if you’re
seeking counseling or advice or medical
nutrition therapy from someone make sure
that it is a registered dietitian
because a lot of people can call
themselves nutritionists. Now I know
that’s how it is
in the United States I think in other
countries it may be a little different
so for my Canadian friends, and my
Australian friends, and my European
friends out there, as well as my African
friends out there let me know if there’s
a difference in your continent between
the words dietitian and nutritionist. Any
questions or if you want to contribute any more
information to this video please go
ahead and put it in the comment section
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