Who are Dietitians?
Medical professionals who are well trained and qualified in assessing, diagnosing, and treating nutritional problems of humans are Dietitians. They can alter the patient’s diet based on the medical conditions and individual needs. All Dietitians are Nutritionists.
Who are Nutritionists?
Nutritionists are the ones who are experts in the field of food and nutrition. They advise individuals regarding what to eat in order to lead a healthy life or to achieve a specific health-related goal. They work in hospitals, cafeterias, nursing homes, schools, and few are self-employed. All Nutritionists are not Dietitians.
What are the qualifications of a Dietitian-Nutritionist?
Following are few of the required qualifications for an individual to be a Dietitian-Nutritionist:
- Certificate in Food and Nutrition
- Ph.D. - Home Science (Food Science and Nutrition)
- MSc - Child Development and Essentials of Nutrition
- MPhil - Food Service Management and Dietetics
- Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education
- MSc. - Dietetics & Food Service Management
- M.Phil - Foods and Nutrition
- M.S. Human Nutrition
- Diploma in Dietetics & Public Health Nutrition (DDPHN)
- B.Sc.- Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
- Masters in Dietetics and Food Service Management
- Diploma in Clinical Nutrition
- Post Graduate In Food Science And Nutrition
- Bachelor in Nutrition (ACEND)
- Ph.D. - Gastro & Human Nutrition Unit
What questions will a Dietician-Nutritionist ask on the first visit?
Generally, the questions will be based on the condition and the concerns of the patient. However, few of the common questions asked are:
- How would you describe your diet?
- What medications do you take?
- How often do you eat meat?
- What does a healthy diet mean to you?
- What do you have for breakfast?
- How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat per day?
What can be expected from a Dietitian and Nutritionist consultation?
Typically before any Dietitian or Nutritionist consultation, the patient will be asked a health questionnaire and a 3-day food diary so that the therapist can get a really good overall picture of the patient’s health status, lifestyle, and diet.
What are the reasons to see a Dietitian or a Nutritionist?
Following are the few out of many reasons:
- Food allergy and elimination diet
- Digestive issues
- Weight management
- Abnormal lab values
- Mood disorders
- Fertility issues and pregnancy planning
- Eating disorders and picky eaters
- Meal planning
- Athletic performance
- Desire to improve current eating habits
Can a Dietitian or a Nutritionist help in weight loss?
The Dietitian or the Nutritionist helps to set a realistic goal for weight loss. Most people aim to lose around 1 to 1.5 pounds of weight per week and many people believe that nutrition therapy and proper diet are helpful in weight loss.