The Difference Between Dietitians, Nutritionists

Cassie Vanderwall, dietitian with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IllinoisBy Cassie Vanderwall

Registered dietitians across America are celebrating because March 9 was Registered Dietitian Day and March is National Nutrition Month. This month is special to us because we get to celebrate being a registered dietitian. I wanted to celebrate by sharing the differences between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist.

Dietitians and nutritionists are not created equal. Dietitians hold the legally protected “RD” credential that is reserved for clinicians who have been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association. Some RDs call themselves “nutritionists” because this term is more familiar to the American public than dietitian, but it is important to note that not all nutritionists are RDs. Continue reading