Important Dietitians Points
There are some important and major differences between dietitians and nutritionists. What is the difference? Should I choose a nutritionist or a dietitian? Check them here to know which profession is best for you.
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that can treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and public health level. Dietitians are able to translate scientific data on food into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate food changes. They work with both healthy and sick persons.
Dietitians work in hospital and private settings. They can also work in the food industry, catering, education and media. They are often integral members of multi-disciplinary teams to treat complex conditions such as eating disorders, metal health, metabolic syndrome, food allergy and intolerances, malnutrition, kidney failure and bowel disorders.
Nutritionists are qualified to provide information about healthy eating, but not about special diets for medical conditions. They work in non-clinical settings such as government, food industry, research, teaching and media.
Yes. Registered dietitians are regulated by the Malta Council of Health Professional. Other titles such as Nutritional Therapist, Nutritionists, Clinical Nutritionist or a Diet Expert are not protected by law therefore anyone can adopt that title.