What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
The two careers paths that deal exclusively with diet, food, and nutrition – dietitians and nutritionists – are certainly similar, but not quite interchangeable. So what are the differences? Dietitians and nutritionists are both experts in food and diet. They’ve studied how diet, nutrition, and supplements affect your body and your health. Both are considered to be healthcare professions. The simplest difference might be that dietitians are considered to be nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians.
The difference between a nutritionist and a nutritionist and a dietitian is, a dietitian is more regulated position (by the government). Also dietitian can diagnose eating disorders and help create and plan meals for people with health problems.
The quote, "Every Registered Dietitian Is a Nutritionist, but Not Every Nutritionist Is a Registered Dietitian" should make you understand and differentiate the roles more. Dietitian's are the only ones that can use R.D. after their names. they have to be certified/ licensed. Nutritionists are less regulated and broad in definition than Dietitians and any certified/licensed (also certified) health official can use it the term.
Lastly Nutritionist can be usually found working in the medical fields and are health-care providers (doctors, physician assistants, chiropractors, etc). Dietitian usually can be found working in public health community based organizations, healthcare facilities, food-service corporations/businesses, clinics, colleges and universities, etc.) In my opinion, nutritionists work on the body and dietitian work on the mind. PS I am not an expert
Many Nutritionist are health- related experts. They tend to be complimentary practitioners and create tailor-made programmes of nutrition for the individual. They believe in holistic healing with one working on the causes that created the problem in the first place.
They can usually be found in health clinics, spas, etc, working with kinesiologists and other complimentary practitioners.
Many Dieticians work in hospitals, creating tailor-made diets for diabetics, weight loss; working out the calories in relation to health, etc.
Both fields are university trained nowadays and are quite skilled in BMI's, weight, and so on. The modern Nutritionists appears better able to understand neuro-physiology and the bodily systems from an energetic perspective and they have a great interest in the mitochondria and cell function.
Please note that all this is my own view and subjected to change.
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