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Monday, 12 December 2016

The utter hypocrisy of the British Dietetic Association.

Around this time of year The British Dietetic Association publish their "much-anticipated annual list of celebrity diets to avoid in the New Year" as posted here. "much anticipated" by who I wonder, no one seeking sound dietary advice for sure. I won't comment on the so called celebrity diets, but one thing cannot be denied, is the fact the celebs usually look far slimmer than many high profile BDA dietitians. OK, maybe this regular Yuletide extravaganza from the BDA is a bit of a wind up, a bit of a lark. But as always, there is propaganda included.

"Speaking about these and other fad diets, Sian Porter, consultant dietitian and spokesperson for the BDA, said:

“We hear it all when it comes to the latest way to shed pounds from the good to the bad, and at times, even the down-right dangerous!

"It seems that as a nation we are constantly on the search for that magic bullet approach to losing weight, wanting a quick fix, taking things on face value and trusting anyone when it comes to nutrition, food and diet.

"The truth is, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Ask for evidence and get your advice from someone properly qualified and regulated with nothing to sell or promote."

Did you notice the "properly qualified and regulated" this implies only registered dietitians know what they are talking about, manifestly not the case. In fact the opposite applies, check out almost any diabetes forum, and you will see what most well controlled diabetics think of the average dietitians advice, abysmal.

The BDA believe they are the only ones who know about a healthy diet. What are we to do about the highly educated Scientists and Nutritionist's who advise on diets, and have the bare faced temerity to write books. Should we burn the books? (stand by for some mindless nerk to chuck Godwin's law at me). The truth is, the BDA had their chance to turn back the tide, on the epidemics of obesity and often linked type two diabetes, they have failed totally. The evidence is plain to see everywhere we go. 

Sian also stated "get your advice from someone" and "with nothing to sell or promote" I agree with Sian, keep well away from outfits being sponsored by or promoting junk food, outfits like the BDA. BDA sponsors, Danone, Abbott Nutrition, Nestle, Cereal Partners, BelVita Breakfast Biscuits and Coca Cola. 

How about "sounds too good to be true" she can't be talking about the whole real fresh food lifestyle, renegades like me promote surely. I have never accepted money from junk food outfits, such as the above, nor have I flogged spuds and marg. As we are approaching the season of goodwill, I will send Sian our introduction to low carb for beginners. Perfect for losing those extra inches, so often put on over the Christmas period, caused by too many spuds, and high carb junk, as recommend by, Shhh you know who. 


Here we have Sian pushing Whitworth Shots. High carb very high sugar.

Nutritional info from here 

Sian Porter, consultant dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association and the Potato Council's consultant dietitian promoting potatoes. She has called potatoes a "superfood" in the past.

Here we have Sian working for The Fat Panel an outfit set up to promote margarine and other man made Frankenstein fats. See how Sian warns us repeatedly, about healthy natural fats man has ate since the beginning of time. The healthy fats that are being exonerated evermore, on a daily basis by Scientists and real nutritional experts. A particularly slippery message don't you think "recipes without the guilt" what are we supposed to take away from that? eat whole fresh food and you should be feeling guilty. Or, eat junk fats and feel good about yourself.


Anonymous said...

This blog post is spot on.

The 'list of celebrity diets to avoid' is ludicrous! It is a despicable attempt to promote their own organisation by portraying others as being somehow 'less educated' - which in itself is absolutely disgusting. Many celebrities have a much healthier BMI in comparison to those who claim to be 'properly qualified and regulated'. The whole article is an attempt to degrade others for their own benefit, completely selfish and unprofessional.

Anonymous said...

This is the only organisation within the National Health Service that consistently and repeatedly make a mockery of others to protect their own interests.

Lowcarb team member said...

"This is the only organisation within the National Health Service that consistently and repeatedly make a mockery of others to protect their own interests."

Yes, I have seen BDA RD's running down Doctors. Almost all Doctors ignore the ridicule and negative criticism for obvious reasons. As true healthcare professionals they have to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner. Clearly many BDA dietitians have too much time on their hands, and by Jove are they insecure. The reasons are manifestly obvious, with their constant self aggrandisement and pleading for us to "Trust A Dietitian"

That being said, I know some wonderful dietitians and highly qualified nutritionists. As you would expect, they would not flog or promote junk, they put their patients and clients first.

Regards Eddie

Anonymous said...

Eddie - they constantly run down Doctors and Nurses. If they aren't complaining about Doctors prescribing nutritional supplements (its one of the only thing's they can prescribe), then they are refusing to see patients that have not recently been weighed and indiscriminately incident reporting nurses. They are the least 'caring' of all the healthcare professionals by far.

Anonymous said...

If they actually cared about their patients, they would recognise that nurses are incredibly short staffed (of no fault of their own) and carry a huge burden of responsibility in terms of caring for the patients. It would be completely understandable under these circumstances that patients may not have been weighed, as nurses need to prioritise important tasks such as administering medications, completing observations e.t.c, all whilst attending to patients needs. Nurses do not have the luxury of waltzing from ward to ward with bottles of drink and describing this as a case load.

Anonymous said...

Get your advice from someone with "nothing to sell or promote" followed by a awkward promo video on mindful eating and Whitworth Shots! You just couldn't make this stuff up!! Top 5 worst celeb diets indeed!

chris c said...

My beef (beef, geddit?) with dieticians is simple. I wasn't very well. I was sent to a dietician. She made me worse. Then she had the nerve to blame me for "failing to comply" with the diet. When I actually DID fail to comply with the diet I got better. In fact I eat almost the exact opposite of what she told me and have maintained my health for nearly twelve years now.

This story is repeated so many countless times that anyone with half a clue or any scientific training whatsoever should be saying to themselves "that's odd!" or "that's interesting!" and maybe even reading some of the now copious research on PubMed that backs up exactly what happened to me and thousands of others.

Noooo, they just keep bleating about "patient noncompliance", one recently claimed that only 9% of her patients complied with the diet. I suspect most of them complied with the diet but it was the WRONG diet.

Anonymous said...

Exactly! A true scientist would be able to look objectively at the evidence, and take into account patient experiences. This would be in keeping with the much celebrated 'patient centered approach'. Unfortunately, a patient centered approach is all but non existent as experienced by countless diabetics! In fact, many diabetics who follow a low carb diet are ridiculed by high profile BDA members on twitter and social media!

Jan/JFM said...

I cannot comment on the article because I am not familiar with the person or persons in the article...but our "1" and only experience with a dietician was a positive experience. She helped us 🎄🎅☃

Conniecrafter said...

This scares me with my brother, he gets this info and goes with it and when they do suggest something that would be better for him and he says he doesn't care for it, they seem to give him bad advice in my opinion, it's so sad

George Henderson said...

Some crack-up dietitian humour from Australia

River said...

Here's what I think about Christmas. It's ONE week at the most of indulgent eating. I don't see how it's possible for that one week to add so many inches and/or pounds that people get desperate for a diet. All you need to do is get right back to the healthy eating of normal days, and not overeat once the Christmas week is done.

The trouble comes when people begin eating the favourite Christmas foods too soon and too long after. It's like Easter, when people buy and eat the Hot Cross Buns for weeks before Easter, just because they are available in the shops. By the time Easter comes around, they've probably had a couple of dozen buns already.

And I'm as guilty as anybody else when it comes to indulging at the wrong times :(

Magic Love Crow said...

I agree with everything River said!

Colin Stone said...

Just one quick search for Whitworth Shots shows a load of packets with its total number of calories on the front. Her we go again with the calories in calories out shit. This is much like Weight Watchers. It is just processed food in a different packet. As many of us know and others are finding out you need to eat REAL FOOD and not the processed shit made to addict you. This article is excellent. Keep up the good work. We cannot let these people ruin the health of millions......anymore than they have already.