What is the difference between a Nutritionist and a Dietitian?

Nutritionists and Dietitians have the same goal in mind with achieving optimal health long term through healthy food and lifestyle choices. Often the main difference between the two is the qualification that is held.

Nutritionists quite commonly hold an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine or a Bachelor in Nutrition, however can also hold a Bachelor in Health or Science (specialising in Nutrition), where Dietitians must hold an accreditation in Dietetics.

Dietitians quite often are found in private practices or hospitals working alongside other medical personnel, where Nutritionists are often found in more holistic practices working with other alternative health care practitioners (i.e. Naturopaths, Chiropractors or Herbalists) or in a community setting.

Depending on how serious your medical condition is and how you are diagnosed will often depend if you see a Dietitian over a Nutritionist in the first instance.

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