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

Many people get all hung up about who is a "true" naturist or naturist. Me, I don't care about labeling folks. I recall about 10 years ago a Florida TV station was at Haulover beach inquiring naked sunbathers, "Are you a nudist?" Every single group of people asked said no, they just liked to sunbathe naked. Only 1 old guy by himself said was a nudist.
Many people think nudists have to be this or that; I only say they must be fine folks.
Paul Rapoport from the Federation of Canadian Naturists
Historically, there is still that divide also, between those who believe nudism (or naturism) is having your clothing off, for just about any purpose or no purpose, and those who believe more is involved. Officially, the old INF statement certifies that more is involved. It's general enough to not require individuals to do much or not to do certain things. There's nothing in it about smoking, alcohol, meat, exercise, etc. However, issues like those have already been discussed by various naturist groups over the previous hundred years, all under the thought of health.
That is where I think many people would agree: that naturism is about better health, mental and physical, and emotional and religious if you want, without going into details. That doesn't mean that better health is automatic when you remove your clothing, but that doing so with some understanding is an important element of good health, deeply considered, in the right context, i.e. with the right approaches, whatever those are.
Morley Schloss -
I believe that "nudist" applies to anyone who takes part in or loves bare recreation.
Generally, the terms nudist and naturist are interchangeable synonyms. Yet, for me, a naturist is a nudist with more.
A naturist is a nudist who feels at one with nature, who's ecologically sensitive. For me naturism involves a values procedure, while is enjoying being nude with others.

The short answer is no. Nudism / naturism is a philosophy and you need to accept at least some of its core principles (nonsexual nudity, approval of self & others, etc). By way of example, streaking could be defined as unclothed recreation. But in their actions, a streaker just isn't always accepting some of the naturist/naturist worth. (They could be doing it because they have exhibitionist tendencies.) Likewise, swingers may do their tasks naked but the nudity there is certainly for sexual purposes. Naturism/nudism is a mindset which means that while a person's actions are significant, the largest defining characteristic is their motivation. For an extended reply see:
Chet Kresiak Publisher Of The Nudism And Naturism Daily News:
Unfortunately, we are stuck with the terms "nudist" and "naturist", as used by AANR and The Naturist Society respectively. Lee Baxandall embraced the more European term "naturist" when he founded TNS in 1980 specifically to split his organization from what was then the American Sunbathing Association.
Since then collaboration between the two foremost American organizations is rare, often being at odds with each other even though their goals appear to be essentially exactly the same. Other organizations have adopted terms like "clothes-free" or "FKK" which simply serve to further divide people on the foundation of language.
While AANR tends to stress "naked diversion" and TNS promotes "body acceptance", the idea of being without clothing in social scenarios remains at the center of "nudist" doctrine.
Ultimately it all comes down to body liberty, which will be the single most unifying doctrine between all these apparently divergent groups and events. I want to find AANR, TNS, FKK and every other group adopt a central motif of "body independence" as a symbol of union and common goal. You'll be able to attain body freedom through nude recreation, artistic expression, social naturism, and political protest.
So, when one is asked if they are a nudist or a naturist, they are able to only respond that they're a body independence advocate.
Mr. Sandy Of Rock Lodge Naturist Club:

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