3 MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DIETITIANS & NUTRITIONISTS

3 MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DIETITIANS & NUTRITIONISTS


Since all dietitians are nutritionist,
not all nutritionists are dietitians the words are not synonyms. MUSIC Hi everyone my
name is Kim I am a Registered Dietitian welcome to my channel. So for those of
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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 below.
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good day BYE MUSIC