What is a nutritionist?
A nutritionist is an expert in the field of food and nutrition. They advise people on what to eat to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal. They work in many settings, including hospitals, cafeterias, nursing homes, and schools. Some are freelancers with their own practice.
What does a nutritionist do?
Some nutritionists provide personalized information for specific individuals. For example, a dietitian or nutritionist can teach a patient with high blood pressure how to use less salt when preparing meals. Others work with groups of people who have similar needs – they might, for example, plan a diet with reduced processed foods and sugar to help overweight people lose weight.
Nutritionists typically do the following:
- Explain nutrition and what it can do for the client.
- Assess clients’ health and diet needs.
- Develop meal plans, taking into account both cost and customer preferences.
- Evaluate the effects of meal plans and change plans as needed.
- Promote better nutrition by giving talks on diet, nutrition, and the relationship between good eating habits and the prevention or management of specific diseases.
- Keep up to date with the latest scientific research in nutrition.
What is the workplace of a nutritionist like?
Nutritionists work in hospitals, cafeterias, nursing homes, and schools. Some nutritionists are self-employed and maintain their own practice. They work as consultants, providing advice to individual clients, or they work for health care establishments.