Nutritionist or Nutritional Therapist?

I am often asked what are the differences between Nutritionist, Nutritional Therapist or Diet Expert?  Only registrants with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists can call themselves a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) or Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)

Someone who is not registered with the UKVRN may not have met or be able to meet the AfN’s recognised standards and competencies in underpinning knowledge and professional skills. How can you check who is a registered nutritionist? By using the ‘Search the Register’ function (my registration number is 11418) on the AfN website

For a comprehensive explanation of the differences between the roles, qualifications and functions of dietitians, nutritionists, nutritional therapists & diet experts. Please read the leaflet produced by the BDA (The Association of UK dietitians)

Extract below courtesy of BDA:

  • Nutritionists are qualified to provide information about food and healthy eating.
  • Many employers of nutritionists in all sectors will only consider recruiting Registered Nutritionists 0r Dietitians.
  • There are some nutritionists employed within the NHS working alongside Registered Dietitians.
  • Nutritionists often work freelance as consultants.
  • Nutritionists work in different roles including public health, health improvement, health policy, local and national government, in the private sector, Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and in education and research.
  • Nutritionists work in all non-clinical settings such as in Government, food industry, research, teaching, sports and exercise industries, international work in developing countries, media and communications, animal nutrition and NGOs.