DIETITIAN, NUTRITIONIST, NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST...
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
Dietitians are experts in the field of food and nutrition. They provide dietary advice to promote sustainable healthy eating habits, and deliver evidence based nutritional therapy to those with specific clinical conditions. Dietitians provide reputable advice that is based on current scientific research.
In the UK, all dietitians are regulated by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and must have a specific qualification at degree level in dietetics before they are allowed to register. The title ‘dietitian’ is legally protected. Only dietitians registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use this title. Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and are governed by a code of conduct and ethics which ensures that dietitians always work to the highest standard.
Nutritionists are not regulated. Some have very little education in nutrition and some will have a qualification in nutrition. Since the term ‘nutritionist’ is not protected, anyone is allowed to refer to themselves a nutritionist and provide nutritional information without any qualifications.
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