Registered dietitians (RDs) are health professionals who teach people about nutrition
or develop diets to promote health. They can also specialize in nutritional counseling
to help treat food-related psychological problems, such as anorexia or bulimia.
Dietitians work in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Registered dietitians also
work in government, restaurant management, fitness, food companies, and private practices.
Nutritionists may not have any special training, but registered dietitians complete
a bachelor's degree. They also must complete a supervised practice program and pass
a national examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Some
RDs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric
or renal nutrition, nutrition support, or diabetes education. These certifications
are awarded through the CDR or other medical and nutrition groups.
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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