How has nutrition licensure been misused?

  • In 16 states, it is a criminal offense for anyone to perform nutrition counseling, except for Registered Dietitians (RDs) and a few specifically exempted parties
      • A broad range of qualified practitioners who use nutrition tools are excluded from providing quality care regardless of their level of training
  • In another 10 states, while it is not illegal for others to perform nutrition counseling. Only RDs can obtain a state issued credential and the benefits it may confer such as insurance eligibility or perceived status.
  • Each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) national leadership pushes more state legislation to create or tighten exclusionary licensure laws