Weight Loss Specialist

Currently the field of Weight Loss Specialist is not licensed in the United States. Practicing Weight Loss Specialists interested in using nutirtion tools are subject to the statutes of the relevant nutrition laws for their state.

When can you use nutrition tools in your practice:
If you practice in a state where nutrition is governed by a licensure with exclusive scope of practice, there is frequently an exemption for individuals working in weight loss programs which have been approved by and are actively supervised by a licensed dietitian and/or licensed nutritionist.  Under this exemption, specialists can deliver approved material and guidance.

 

If you practice in a state where nutrition is governed by a licensure with exclusive scope of practice and you are not specifically identified in the law’s list of exemptions, you are not legally allowed to use nutrition tools in your practice.

  • An exception - If you are hired to practice nutrition by a doctor (delegated authority) whose license specifically includes the practice of nutrition, then you can practice under their supervision and within their scope of practice guidelines.

 

If the nutrition law in your state is a licensure without exclusive scope of practice then you can practice nutrition care without being certified/licensed as a nutrition care provider. However, if specific title protections exists in the law, you may not use any protected title in advertising or practice.

Check your nutrition state law to see if it is: a licensure with exclusive scope of practice; a licensure without exclusive scope of practice; you fall within the listed exemptions of the law; or there is no law for your state.

Disclaimer: This information represents a preliminary interpretation of state statutes, and cannot be substituted for legal counsel.