Now in America, many people attempt to make naturists seem to be exceptional to nudists. Me, I don’t care which word you use.

Some people get all hung up about who is a “accurate” nudist or naturist. Me, don’t care about labeling people. I recall about 10 years ago a Florida TV station was at Haulover beach asking naked sunbathers, “Are you a nudist?” Each group of people asked said no, they only liked to sunbathe bare. Only 1 old guy by himself said he was a naturist.
Some people believe nudists need to be this or that; I just say they must be fine people.
Paul Rapoport from the Federation of Canadian Naturists
Historically, there is still that divide also, between people who think nudism (or naturism) is having your clothing off, for just about any purpose or no purpose, and those who believe more is involved. Formally, the old INF statement certifies that more is involved. It is general enough to not require folks to do much or to not do particular things. There is nothing in it about smoking, booze, meat, exercise, etc. Nevertheless, subjects like those have been discussed by various nudist groups over the past hundred years, all under the consideration of health.
That’s where I think many folks would agree: that naturism is about better health, mental and physical, and emotional and spiritual if you want, without going into details. That does not mean that better health is automatic when you remove your clothing, but that doing so with some comprehension is an important component of good health, greatly contemplated, in the right context, i.e. with the right approaches, whatever those are.
Morley Schloss – The Owner Of Sunsport Gardens Naturist Resort:

I think that “nudist” applies to anyone who takes part in or enjoys nude recreation.
Generally, the terms nudist and naturist are interchangeable synonyms. Nevertheless, for me, a naturist is a naturist with more.
A naturist is a nudist who feels at one with nature, who’s ecologically sensitive. For me naturism calls for a values system, while nudism is appreciating being bare with others.
Stephane Deschenes – Of Bare Oaks Nudist Resort:
The brief answer is no. Naturism / naturism is a doctrine and you have to accept at least some of its core principles (non sexual nudity, approval of self & others, etc). For instance, streaking could be defined as bare diversion. But in their actions, a streaker is not always accepting some of the naturist/nudist values. (They could do it because they will have exhibitionist tendencies.) Similarly, swingers may do their actions nude but the nudity there is certainly for sexual purposes. Naturism/nudism is a mindset which means that while someone’s activities are significant, the largest defining feature is their motivation. For an extended response see:
Chet Kresiak Publisher Of The Naturism And Naturism Daily News:
Regrettably, we are stuck with the terms “nudist” and “naturist”, as used by AANR and The Naturist Society respectively. Lee Baxandall adopted the more European term “naturist” when he founded TNS in 1980 expressly to break up his organization from what was then the American Sunbathing Association.
Since then collaboration between the two leading American organizations is rare, frequently being at odds with each other even though their motives seem to be essentially the same. Other organizations have embraced terms like “clothing-free” or “FKK” which merely serve to further divide people on the basis of language.
While AANR tends to stress “bare diversion” and TNS encourages “body acceptance”, the notion of being without clothes in social scenarios remains at one’s heart of “nudist” philosophy. Whether people take off their garments on beaches or hiking trails, in resorts or in their back yards, the benefits are essentially the same, that we become more comfortable and accepting of our own bodies, and the bodies of others.
Sometimes people take off their clothing in protest, like at the World Naked Bike Ride, or for the sake of art, for example in the Spencer Tunick installments, or in the Fremont Solstice Parade, and sometimes they bare all just for fun, such as for example in the San Francisco Bare to Breakers event.
Ultimately it all comes down to body liberty, which will be the single most unifying philosophy between all these apparently divergent groups and events. I would like to see AANR, TNS, FKK and every other group embrace a principal motif of “body independence” as a symbol of union and common purpose. You’ll be able to reach body liberty through unclothed recreation, artistic expression, social nudism, and political demonstration. Finding and expressing this common bond of “body independence” can help unite and heal the divisions we have between the organizations, and clarify the remarkable purpose we all have of liberating our minds and bodies.
So, when one is asked if they are a nudist or a naturist, they can only reply that they’re a body freedom advocate.
Mr. Sandy Of Rock Order Nudist Club: