Now that the holidays are over and you made your New Year resolution to drop some post-holiday weight, think about this. A dietitian is an expert in prescribing therapeutic nutrition. A dietitian is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist has completed an undergraduate program in nutrition and also a one year clinical internship program. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists must pass a national exam administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and maintain their registered status through continuing education.
A nutritionist is a
non-accredited title that may apply to somebody who has done a
short course in nutrition or who has given themselves this
title. The term nutritionist is not protected by law in almost
all countries so people with different levels of knowledge can
call themselves a nutritionist. A nutritionist can also be
someone who completes an undergraduate or graduate degree in
nutrition. Some individuals market themselves as nutritionists
with little or no training in nutrition. Before you take
nutrition advice, be sure to check out the professional
background and training of the individual giving it.
'Dietitian' spelling is preferred
over 'Dietician' in the dietetics
world, and the term Registered Dietitian has been updated to
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, further confusing the