Dietitian vs. Nutritionist/Health Coach

Is there a difference between a dietitian, nutritionist, and health coach?

The answer is yes!

Dietitians are regulated health care professionals, just like nurses, physicians and pharmacists. In Ontario, they are regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario, and have to complete a degree in food and nutrition from an accredited university, a dietetic internship, and then complete a written examination to be able to use the title Registered Dietitian.

Nutritionists and health coaches may or may not have a health and science focused educational background, and that could lead to misinformation or unsafe advice. Nutritionist and health coach are not regulated titles, meaning anyone can use the title of nutritionist or health coach in Canada, without having to complete any education or training.

Working with a Registered Dietitian (RD) is a great way to ensure the advice and information you are getting is safe, effective, and based on research. Just like you would go to a specialist for any other help or advice, it is recommended to go to an RD for nutrition advice.

Dietitians do a lot more than just putting you on a diet. They work with you to create a comprehensive and individualized nutrition plan, taking into account your personal goals, medical history, bloodwork, medications, lifestyle, preferences, and cultural background. They provide evidence-based information and suggestions to help you reach your health goals.

For more information: Dietitians of Canada – The difference between a dietitian and nutritionist

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