Nutritionist Monmouth County NJ

A Nutritionist Monmouth County NJ is a person who advises others on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal, such as losing weight or reducing blood pressure.

Most nutritionists work in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or medical offices, but you may come across them in many other settings as well.

Depending on the state they practice in, a nutritionist may be required to have specific qualifications, certifications, or a license. However, in some states, there are no such mandates—meaning anyone can use the title if they want to.

This article explains what nutritionists do, their areas of focus, and education requirements. It also covers the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist.

What Exactly Do Nutritionists Do?

Nutrition is an area of expertise with a broad array of real-world applications. There are two main areas of concentration that bring nutritionists in contact with the general public.

Clinical Nutrition

Clinical nutritionists work in inpatient or outpatient clinical settings. This is often done one-on-one with individuals, as well as with their families, in assessing, designing, and implementing dietary strategies and nutritional therapies.

Often the aim is to address a particular medical issue, which can include:

  • Hypertension, or high blood pressure
  • Diabetes, or conditions that result in too much sugar in the blood
  • Obesity, which describes excessive fat accumulation that can lead to other health concerns

Clinical nutritionists are also called upon to come up with a plan of action in situations where a treatment protocol, such as chemotherapy, impacts an individual's overall diet or creates particular food sensitivities.

Community Nutrition

Nutritionists may work in:

  • Schools
  • Community health clinics
  • Recreational centers
  • Local, state, and federal government agency programs
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)

Is Nutritionist the Same As a Dietitian?

Dietitians and nutritionists are both nutrition experts who have studied how diet and dietary supplements can affect your health. Both are considered healthcare professionals, but the titles should not be used interchangeably.

A dietitian is an expert in dietetics, a branch of knowledge concerned with diet and its effects on health. A dietitian is qualified to diagnose and treat certain medical conditions, and they will commonly alter a client's nutrition based on a medical issue and/or individual goals.

In contrast, nutritionists deal with general nutritional aims and behaviors.

Dietitians also tend to have more education and credentials, though that's not always the case.

Often, in these settings, specific subgroups—for instance, children, older individuals, at-risk families—and their specific needs are targeted in programs designed to address specific nutritional issues.

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