What is the definition of a nutritionist?

Updated at: Jan 16, 2013
What is the definition of a nutritionist?
Pratima Sharma
Weight ManagementWritten by: Pratima SharmaPublished at: Jan 16, 2013

  • A nutritionist is an individual who has studied the science of nutrition including dietetics and food management systems.
  • Well-versed with sources of nutrition, nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition, the role of a nutritionist entails designing of meal plans, nutrition programs for weight loss/gain, food purchasing, food analysis and overall supervision of food preparation. Besides,
  • Nutritionists at medical centres and hospitals are also required to conduct a detailed analysis of the nutritional requirements of patients and do specific menu-planning for them in consultation with doctors.
  • Nutritionists also write dietary literature and public reports pertaining to nutritional science.
  • The minimum education of a nutritionist may be a bachelor degree in food science or nutrition, though some nutritionists may be duly certified, licensed and registered with state governments after clearing tests and internship requisites.



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