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What is a Nutritionist? PDF Print E-mail

With great emphasis being placed on the food that we consume these days, it is not surprising that there is a greater demand for knowledge when it comes to what we eat.

There are a couple of different occupations wherin people design specific diets to suit the requirements of individuals, or recommend a daily eating plan in order to obtain optimal health. Two of those occupations are nutritionists and dieticians, both groups of individuals can be found practicing privately or publicly, devoting their time to nutritional science and the use of nutrients to prevent, cure and alleviate a variety of symptoms.

Many people use the terms dietician and nutritionist interchangeably but in fact there are differences between the two. The word Nutritionist is not a protected term and what this means is that almost anyone is able to use the title whereas Dietician is a protected title and people in this position go through a formal education process and need to meet strict standards in order to use it. However there are many diverse courses that include the subject 'nutrition' as an aspect of the curriculum and many natural health practitioners incorporate nutrition into their practice.


When the word 'dietician' is mentioned, most people immediately think of weight loss. This is not always the case and a diet consultant is NOT the same as a dietician. When seeing a dietician, they will devise an eating plan to suit your specific needs - taking into consideration things like your age, lifestyle, activity rate and overall health. If for example you are a middle-aged male and have health challenges related to your cardiovascular system, your dietary requirements will be very different from those of a woman who is 7 months pregnant.

Potatoe, potato? Either way you say it, it all boils down to the same thing. Your diet is crucial to your longevity and a visit to a practitioner who focuses on nutrition is one of the best long-term investments in your health that you are ever likely to make!!