A comprehensive overview of the differences between registered nutritionists, dieticians, nutritionists and nutritional therapists.
Registered Nutritionist (RNutr)
Registered Nutritionists provide scientific evidence-based information and guidance about the impacts of food and nutrition on the health and wellbeing of humans (at an individual or population level) or animals.1
Registered Nutritionists meet competency requirements for registration in one of five specialist areas: Nutrition Science, Public Health, Food, Sports & Exercise and Animal Nutrition.1
The title ‘nutritionist’ is not protected by statute. ‘Registered Nutritionists (RNutr)’ are governed by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) the voluntary regulator for Registered Nutritionists.
A dietitian uses the science of nutrition to devise eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions. They promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choice.2
The title ‘dietitian’ is protected by statute. Only individuals registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) may describe themselves as a dietitian.
Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)
Registered Associate Nutritionists (ANutr) have the knowledge and understanding of the five competency requirements for Registration and as graduates are working towards Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) status. This typically takes 3+yrs once practical experience has been obtained.
The title ‘nutritionist’ is not protected by statute. ‘Registered Associate Nutritionists (ANutr)’ are governed by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) the voluntary regulator for registered Nutritionists (RNutr and ANutr).
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) describes nutritional therapists as ‘practitioners who use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.’3
The title ‘Nutritional Therapist’ is not protected by law.
Odhealth makes it easy to ensure you’re making sustainable choices, no matter what your goal, tastes or requirements. Just ask your nutritionist for advice on during your consultation. All our Nutritionists are qualified in sustainable eating and all their qualifications are certified to the highest standard by the AFN.
Odhealth provides qualified nutritionists on demand through an online platform.