How Many Nutritionists Are There in San Diego?
A Detective Story
By Marilyn Beidler, Clinical Nutritionist and Author of Everyday Wellness: Fifty Simple Steps to Lifelong Health
Being a nutritionist myself, I wanted to know how many nutritionists there are in my city. Read on to learn what I found. (For my complete list of nutritionists in San Diego, click here. You can also learn more about San Diego nutritionists in general.)
I started by searching Google Maps for the keywords “San Diego” + nutritionist. Unfortunately, these keywords turned up a lot of undesired results, such as GNC health food stores and other businesses that just happen to have the word “nutrition” in their names.
After I sorted through these results, I was left with 12 listings for nutritionists in the region. Of course, I may have missed a few—either because they aren’t listed, or because the titles of their businesses don’t clearly indicate what they do.
I also didn’t include other health professionals who often provide nutritional advice, such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, M.D.s, and N.D.s. (I would like to have included everyone, but I felt I needed to draw the line somewhere.)
What About Other Directories?
Yahoo! Yellow Pages showed a total of 68 listings. However, this is a rough count that includes many chiropractors, weight loss centers, and other businesses that don’t meet my strict definition. (There’s also something called the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology.)
Similarly, Kudzu found 87 listings within a 50-mile radius, while Yelp found 47. Again, this is a rough count that includes quite a few false hits.
Well, that’s the end of my little experiment. Whether you want to hire a nutritionist, you sell to them, or you’re one yourself and want to check out the competition, I hope this page has been helpful to you.
A long-time San Diego resident, Marilyn Beidler, C.N., is a holistic nutritionist and the author of Everyday Wellness: Fifty Simple Steps to Lifelong Health. To download her free e-book, “Nine Common Health Mistakes,” please visit www.lajollahealthcoach.com.