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one concerned with the promotion of good health through proper diet and with the therapeutic use of diet in the treatment of disease. The dietitian may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals and other health care agencies, schools, hotels, and other commercial institutions where duties include both food service administration and therapeutic nutrition services, or may choose to enter the fields of education and research. Some dietitians practice independently either as consultants or private practitioners in the area of therapeutic dietetics.

A bachelor's degree with a major in foods and nutrition or institutional management is the minimal educational requirement for a dietitian. Registration in the American Dietetic Association (ADA) requires satisfactory completion of either a one-year dietetic internship in a program approved by the Association, or three years' experience, two of which must have been served under the supervision of a member of the ADA. Additional education on the graduate level is necessary to qualify for positions in teaching, public health nutrition, and other specialty areas. The address of the American Dietetic Association is 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
Registered dietitian (RD) one meeting qualifications of the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association.


(dī-ĕ-tish'ŭn), Avoid the misspelling dietician.
An expert in dietetics.




A person specializing in dietetics.


An expert in dietetics.

Patient discussion about dietitian

Q. Any dietitians here? Please tell me what are the different types of fatty acids available?

A. i'm not a dietitian either but i love reading about nutrition. so i can tell you that here are 2 families of essential fatty acids (fatty acids that our body cannot create by it's on).
here is the wikipedia entry about them :

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Qualifications Dieticians Julie Frazer (right) and Laura Troiano
'Currently, there is no dietician based at any of the hospitals in the Boteti DHMT.
This is the ninth year of celebrating Dieticians Day, which helps raise the profile of all dieticians and encourages and attracts others to the profession.
Consultant dietician Dr Isabel Skypala said there were a lot of potential causes of allergy in takeaways and also Michelinstarred restaurants.
According to a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), providing parents with detailed, individual advice from a dietician is a key component of effective food allergy care.
No one takes issue with the assertion that dieticians have a far higher level of professional qualification but to refer to nutritionists in such a dismissive and disparaging manner is simply crass.
The title of dietician can only be used by people who have met specified professional requirements and almost all of them belong to the British Dietetic Association, which gives them legal protection.
Q What's the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician? Which should I see if my child is overweight?
But the Welsh Government and dieticians yesterday rounded on Ms Harcombe's comments.
"So when we started adding the dieticians into the mix it was just such a natural complement to that.
More than 30 dieticians working for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will wear the uniforms.
Its increasing prevalence is outpacing the number of adequately trained dieticians. This survey may be especially useful in areas where access to such a dietician is limited, said Dr.