Dietician, or Registered Dietician

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Types of populations a RD works with include people struggling with:

  • Overweight
  • Obesity
  • Child Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Eating Disorders
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Food Allergies
  • Liver Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (i.e. constipation, Crohn’s disease)

Benefits of Working with a Registered Dietitian

Benefits of working with a registered dietitian include:

  • Weight loss support
  • Strategies to help you stay on track with your diet or weight management program
  • Improved chances of losing weight and keeping it off
  • Reliable nutritional counseling
  • Individualized guidance
  • Chronic disease management and prevention
  • Food allergy guidance
  • Help with food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Learning how to read and understand food labels
  • Keeping your diet balanced
  • Finding suitable tasty recipes
  • Food substitution help
  • Help with meal planning, grocery shopping, and food journaling
  • Learning about mindful eating
  • Understanding how food consumed affects your health and body

Dietician for Pregnancy

Most expecting mothers consult with a dietitian before, during, and after their pregnancy. Advice and information provided includes:

  • Meeting daily requirements
  • Vitamins
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Food safety
  • Adequate (expected) weight gain
  • Breast feeding
  • Bottle feeding
  • Introducing solids to your infant
  • And more

Registered Dietitian versus Nutritionist

Registered dietitians hold a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, complete an internship, and must pass the national registration exam issued by the American Dietetic Association.

Nutritionists hold a Master’s degree in Nutrition. While some registered dietitians call themselves “nutritionists,” be aware that not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians.

Food technologists have a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and do research and product development for major food manufacturers. To find a registered dietitian in your area, visit the American Dietetic Association website or contact your local hospital or doctor’s clinic.