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What is the difference between nutritionist and dietician?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: A lot

Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who follow specific educational and professional requirements from an accredited program, including a bachelor’s degree, completion of a commission on accreditation for dietetics education (cade) program, which includes classes in biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology plus a dietetic internship for a minimum of 900 hours.
All dietitians are nutr.

In brief: A lot

Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who follow specific educational and professional requirements from an accredited program, including a bachelor’s degree, completion of a commission on accreditation for dietetics education (cade) program, which includes classes in biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology plus a dietetic internship for a minimum of 900 hours.
All dietitians are nutr.
Dr. Steven Charlap
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: One in the same.

A nutritionist, or "registered dietitian" is educated to assist in the treatment of various medical conditions through diet manipulation (macro and micronutrients).
They can assist in the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and digestive problems, just to name a few. They attend five years of college and often have Master's degrees as well.

In brief: One in the same.

A nutritionist, or "registered dietitian" is educated to assist in the treatment of various medical conditions through diet manipulation (macro and micronutrients).
They can assist in the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and digestive problems, just to name a few. They attend five years of college and often have Master's degrees as well.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice

In brief: Big difference

Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, they don't even have to have taken any courses of study.
A dietician has a college degree and specialization in dietetics and food. A physician nutrition specialist who is a board certified physician who has done specific training in nutrition.

In brief: Big difference

Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, they don't even have to have taken any courses of study.
A dietician has a college degree and specialization in dietetics and food. A physician nutrition specialist who is a board certified physician who has done specific training in nutrition.
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