Diversity in dietetics has been in the news lately, and the lack of awareness of diverse diets and body types has been highlighted. In this article originally published in the Winter 2021 issue of the Ventures newsletter for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I share my thoughts on how we can promote diversity in our field.
Dietitians and nutritionists
Dietitians and nutritionists: What is the Difference?
In the United States and many other countries, a dietitian is a board-certified food and nutrition expert. They are highly educated in the field of nutrition and dietetics — the science of food, nutrition, and their impact on human health.
Through extensive training, dietitians acquire the expertise to provide evidence-based medical nutrition therapy and nutritional counseling tailored to meet an individual’s needs.
They are qualified to practice across a span of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, research institutions, or local communities, to name a few.