A nutritionist helps clients to develop healthy eating habits aimed at preventing or controlling health problems. For example, a nutritionist working for a school system might design a cafeteria menu to address concerns about the increasing rate of obesity and diabetes among children, whereas a nursing home nutritionist must create menus for elderly people with a variety of health issues. Most nutritionists work for school systems, cities, nursing homes, health clinics, or hospitals, but some set up private practices. A degree in dietetics, nutrition, or a related area is required, and many states require certification or licensure. Cooking skills are a must as well, because meals must be tasty in addition to being healthful.

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