Now in America, many people try and make naturists appear to be superior to naturists. Me, I don’t care which word you use.

Many people get all hung up about who’s a “true” naturist or naturist. Me, I really don’t care about labeling people. I remember about ten years ago a Florida TV station was at Haulover beach asking bare sunbathers, “Are you a naturist?” Each group of people asked said no, they just liked to sunbathe naked. Just 1 old man by himself said he was a naturist.
Some people believe nudists need to be this or that; I just say they have to be fine people.
Paul Rapoport from the Federation of Canadian Naturists
Historically, there’s still that break up too, between those who think naturism (or ) is having your clothes off, for just about any purpose or no function, and those who believe more is demanded. It’s general enough not to require folks to do much or to not do certain things. There’s nothing in it about smoking, alcohol, meat, exercise, etc. Nevertheless, issues like those happen to be discussed by various nudist groups over the past hundred years, all under the thought of health.
That’s where I believe many folks would agree: that nudism is about better health, mental and physical, and emotional and religious if you want, without going into specifics. That does not mean that better health is automatic when you remove your clothes, but that doing so with some comprehension is an important component of good health, deeply contemplated, in the right circumstance, i.e. with the right dispositions, whatever those are.

I think that “nudist” applies to anyone who takes part in or enjoys nude recreation.
Generally, the terms naturist and naturist are interchangeable synonyms. Yet, for me, a naturist is a nudist with more.
A naturist is a naturist who feels at one with nature, who is ecologically sensitive. For me naturism demands a values system, while nudism is enjoying being unclothed with others.

The brief answer is no. Naturism / naturism is a philosophy and you have to accept at least some of its core principles (non sexual nudity, of self & others, etc). By way of example, streaking could be defined as bare diversion. In their actions, a streaker just isn’t necessarily accepting any of the naturist/naturist values. (They could do it because they have exhibitionist tendencies.) Similarly, swingers may do their activities naked but the nudity there’s certainly for sexual purposes. Naturism/naturism is a mindset which means that while a person’s activities are significant, the largest defining characteristic is their motivation. For an extended reply see:
Chet Kresiak Publisher Of The Naturism And Naturism Daily News:
Sadly, we’re stuck with the terms “naturist” 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 alliance between the two foremost American organizations has been uncommon, often being at odds with each other even though their goals appear to be fundamentally the same. Other organizations have adopted terms like “clothing-free” or “FKK” which merely serve to further divide people on the basis of language.
While AANR tends to stress “unclothed recreation” and TNS boosts “body acceptance”, the idea of being without clothes in social scenarios remains at the center of “naturist” philosophy.
Ultimately it all comes down to body freedom, which is the single most unifying philosophy between all these apparently divergent groups and events. I would love to find AANR, TNS, FKK and every other group adopt a principal motif of “body independence” as a symbol of union and common goal. It’s possible for you to achieve body independence through nude recreation, artistic expression, social nudism, and political demonstration.
So, when one is asked if they are a nudist or a naturist, they can only answer that they’re a body independence promoter.
Mr. Sandy Of Rock Lodge Naturist Club: