Challenging Misinformation

DA regularly responds to inaccurate or misleading stories on nutrition in the media. Recent examples include:

Big Pharma’s cash splash on nurses, dietitians and pharmacists – ABC News online (24/10/2017)

DA contacted ABC in response to a story discussing pharmaceutical company payments to allied health professionals.

DA response: ABC 24 October 2017)

The winter soup diet that could help you shed 6kg in seven days – Nine News (8 June 2017)

DA provided a statement to Nine News in response to a segment on a winter soup diet, which appeared to endorse a fad diet.

DA response: Nine News (9 June 2017)

Big Food and Big Nutrition Lies – Sydney Morning Herald (1 November 2016)

DA contacted Fairfax Media in response to an article questioning the independence of the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

DA response: Sydney Morning Herald (1 November 2016)

Arthritis and gout alert: How what you’re eating is making your pain worse (9 September 2016)

DA contacted Nine News to express disappointment in the discussion around arthritis, gout and nutrition, which contained non-evidence based information that could mislead viewers.

DA response: Nine News (29 September 2016)

Using food to combat the big C – Big Rigs (3 September 2016)

DA contacted Big Rigs to express concern with an article about diet and cancer, which contained inaccurate, non-evidence based information that could mislead readers.

DA response: Big Rigs (13 September 2016)

Should I go gluten-free – Harper’s BAZAAR (1 September 2016)

DA contacted Harper’s BAZAAR to express disappointment in an article about gluten, which contained non-evidence based advice that could mislead readers.

DA response: Harper’s BAZAAR (12 September 2016)

Coconut oil – Byrdie (11 & 12 August 2016)

DA contacted Allure Media, who publish, to express disappointment in the inclusion of non-evidence based information about coconut ‘oil’. DA also encouraged use of local guidelines and experts.

DA response: Byrdie (19 August 2016)

Coffee – Body + Soul (3 August 2016)

DA contacted Body + Soul to highlight some inaccuracies in an article about coffee, including statements about skim and organic milk. DA is grateful to Body + Soul for taking on board our feedback. Body + Soul has unpublishing the online piece, with plans to correct the information in this article.

DA response: Body + Soul (11 August 2016)

Beating Diabetes – Insight (1 March 2016)

DA was disappointed that, despite providing an expert APD Spokesperson for the discussion panel, he was not included in the episode discussing diabetes management. DA has urged Insight to include expert panel members and to present balanced, complete information in future.

DA response: SBS Insight (4 March 2016)

Archived responses of interest:

Which oil should you be cooking with? – Huffington Post (28 October 2015)

Paleo diet broadcast on Sunday Night (16 August 2015) 

Omitting food groups and misleading bone broth benefits – Mind + Body (August 2015)

Cholesterol  – ABC 612 radio, Brisbane (March 2015)

Salt Shake up – Delicious (February 2015)