The terms nutritionist and dietitian are often used as synonyms. But is there any difference between them?
In the United States, a dietitian is a food and nutrition expert that is qualified to impart medical nutrition therapy and nutritional counseling tailored to what the patient needs. To earn dietitian credentials, it is necessary to have national board certification. There are four main fields of practice for dietitians: clinical, food service management, community and research. Dietitians can manage nutrition therapy for acute chronic conditions ranging from cancer to diabetes and kidney issues, to treating people who have undergone bariatric surgery.
In some states, anyone with an interest in nutrition can call themselves nutritionists, following the advice of someone with no formal training in nutrition is unadvised. On the other hand, there are some states where a license is required and in those states, they can also treat illnesses or conditions with a wide variety of approaches.
If you are looking for some advice on your eating habits, make sure you check your professional's credentials before making a decision.
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