What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist? Though there are many things common between the two terms, they are not identical in many ways. A dietician studies dietetics, while a nutritionist studies nutrition.
Dietetics means the interpretation and communication of the science of nutrition so that people can make informed and practical choices about food and lifestyle, both in the case of health or disease.
A dietician’s work includes both hospital and community settings. The majority of dieticians work in health care, education and research, while a much smaller proportion also work in the food industry.
Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how the body uses nutrients, and the relationship between diet, health and disease. Major food manufacturers employ nutritionists and food scientists. Many nutritionists work in the field of food science and technology.
In a generalised way one can say that a nutritionist focuses firstly on a food, and then looks at its effects on people, while a dietician looks at the people, and then how their health is influenced by food.
However, both Dietician are Nutritionist are necessary to guide us on healthy eating and living.