Some of us may be unaware..the term, (nutritionist):
– may not have a regulatory system put in place (depending on the law from state-to-state and all things; please click here for an example).
What does this mean? Simply, (anyone) can market / use the term, nutritionist (s/he’s not required to have a background/degree and etc.
Good or bad? Well, this is an issue, no doubt…I will explain my side, and maybe, some of us will leave here w/ an understanding.
Did you know: almost anyone…ANYONE..can market or use the term: nutritional consultant/adviser.
One must meet certain requirements to:
+ use the term, dietitian nutritionist (RDN) —
1) Has anyone ever heard of a RDN? There is a regulatory system put in place = Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The AND acts as the power house for dietitians. Click here to visit eatright.org.
2) I want to focus on individuals who complete a degree in nutrition science.
Simply, not everyone wants to be a RDN, and I would like to elaborate.
With that said: regardless, people can EARN a education (in nutrition)..w/ out becoming an RDN.
As an example: David Getoff is not a (RDN) — he is a successful nutritionist (CCN) – learn about him: http://www.davidgetoff.com/
As an example: Nicholas Deniro is not a (RDN) – I, however, completed my edu in nutrition and exercise science.
3) Accredited universities only promote the ANDs message and certain approved programs… and this is not helpful!?
This is questionable, partially true (depending on the course). Unfortunately, some upcoming nutrition professionals are left by the WASTE SIDE…why? S/he is limited to just the ANDs options. Furthermore, the AND is often mistaken as the most reliable association for upcoming nutrition professionals…
WHATEVER THE CASE? That’s subjective – I’LL LET you decide.
4) Why should the term, nutritionist…NOT BE limited/restricted to just RDNs?
Personally, I do not want to become a (RDN), but I will earn my status (education).
Therefore, if I earn a degree…and choose to continue…where is my title?
Am I restricted to: “a person who earned a degree but cannot operate or use any title?
I call that…”monopolizing a industry!”
Simply stated: “I do not care for this particular association / academy, period! Succinctly, the AND does little to support (RDNs)..at lease from what I’ve heard. Why would I (or any rational person) want to apply for nothing, really?
The work is not an issue — it is more about ethics/morals…something our industry lacks.
5) I am not fighting for the (RDN) logo which is a trademark of the AND: I am fighting for the term/label, nutritionist..thus far…I have earned my status and should not be restricted/limited..nor should any individual in my field. If one is a (RDN)…hey, s/he worked for that logo, keep it…oh, I forgot — it is a trademark…you can’t..sorry!
6) Uneducated individuals using the term dietician & nutritionist: I understand some of the issues behind not regulating — I am not ignorant to this whatsoever. I find it to be disappointing, but everyone seems to have a title. NOT every person earns it! Again, I should not be penalized. We need to put some (parameters) on titles/logos, and I have nothing against rules/policies.