Is a dietitian and nutritionist the same thing?
The main difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is that a dietitian has undertaken complex and extensive studies under supervision involving clinical nutrition, human nutrition, food service management and medical nutrition therapy.1
As a result of their substantial studies, a dietitian is considered a dietitian and a nutritionist, however a nutritionist without a degree in dietetics cannot practice as a dietitian.1
Does a dietitian only help with weight loss?
No, a dietitian is trained in many areas of human nutrition and assists people in understanding the relationship between diet and disease. A dietitian can provide you advice on a wide range of topics including but not limited to:
Do dietitians put people on ‘Diets’?
No, a dietitian helps you to implement healthy lifestyle choices and works with you to ensure their recommendations fit in with your likes/dislikes and more importantly your life!!
Is a dietitian going to ask me to make a lot of changes all at once?
No, a dietitian works with you to make a series of small changes over a period of time. They may even ask you to do only 1 thing per week!! It is important to make sure you tell the dietitian if you are having trouble implementing a change as they can provide you with the support to make healthy choices easier choices.
Do all dietitians have a perfect diet, free from all unhealthy foods?
No, they still have taste buds!! The reason most dietitians have chosen their profession is because they have a love for food! They believe in moderation and incorporating a wide variety of foods into the diet (yes including chocolate and wine!) along with an active lifestyle.
1. Dietitians Association of Australia. Becoming a Dietitian. 2010. [cited 2011 January 19] Available from: http://www.daa.asn.au/index.asp?pageID=2145833487
_ We’ve recently moved from the Nambour Community Centre and now provide our dietetic clinic from the Netherton Professional Centre, 58 Netherton Street, Nambour, QLD, 4560. It’s located just down from the Selangor Private Hospital, and the building it distinguishable by the large Dan Everson Podiatry sign located out the front. There’s plenty of parking located out the back of the building too. Our new location enables us to provide patients with the longer operating hours of 9am to 5pm making it easier to access a dietitian. We’re still here every Friday fortnight and bookings can still be made by calling 0439 757 642.
If you have any questions, or need more precise details on Simply Nutrition Dietitians new location please feel free to give us a call. A map and street view map is displayed below.
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