Fighting nutrition misinformation:

ITHACA, NY-- This month the American Dietetics Association releases its newest updated position statement Food and Nutrition Misinformation. And it has a lot to say about the media.

"In today's nutrition education world, the media is king," said Dr. Brian Wansink, Cornell University Professor and author of the position statement. The media that were cited as having the biggest impact were magazines, television, books, newspapers, and the Internet.

How does the media score on accuracy? "They get good marks," said Wansink, but there are four inaccuracies that can be easily avoided: 1) reporting a correlation as causation, 2) generalizing a study's results to a broader population not represented by the study, 3) exaggerating the size of an effect, and 4) using a single link in a chain of events to make predictions about events in the future.

Given media's critical role in nutrition education, the position statement offers advice for journalists who are reporting on nutrition studies:

  • Was the research done by a credible institution and by qualified researchers?
  • Is this a preliminary study? Have other studies reached similar conclusions?
  • Was the research population large enough? Was the study long enough?
  • Who paid for the study, and is the science valid despite the funding source?
  • Was the report reviewed by peers?
  • Does the report avoid absolutes, such as "proves" or "causes"?
  • Does the report reflect appropriate context (e.g., how the research fits into a broader picture of scientific evidence and consumer lifestyles)?
  • Do the results apply only to a certain group of people?


Contact: Sandra Cuellar
Cornell Food & Brand Lab

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Fighting for their attention
2. Fighting to keep Darwin in the classroom
3. Fighting influenza and co. with 40,000 blood samples
4. Fighting like a girl or boy determined by gene in fruit flies
5. Fighting cancer with aspirin?
6. National Academies advisory: Fighting infectious disease
7. Fighting breast cancer
8. Fighting malaria by manipulating mosquitoes sense of smell
9. Vets seeing more horses with nutritional issues this year
10. Renowned nutrition experts tackle nations obesity problem in new book on primary care nutrition
11. NC research campus and UNC universities host major symposium on nutritional biotechnology

Post Your Comments:

(Date:7/2/2020)... ... July 01, 2020 , ... AltruBio ... findings of Neihulizumab, a biologic for the treatment of steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease ... hemato-oncologist Dr. Paul J Martin of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, this ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... , ... In an upcoming episode scheduled for the fall of 2020, Advancements ... (POCT). Check local listings for more info. , Today, the majority of testing is ... labs throughout the country. Results are then available several days later. Now, in an ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... , ... June 23, 2020 , ... ... is pleased to announce the next event in a series of TOPIQ webinars, ... The TOPIQ series of webinars was developed in response to social distancing measures ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2020)... ... 13, 2020 , ... True Terpenes , the leading platform for terpene ... (SAB) to research the medical potential of terpenes and the potential entourage effect ... The board is focused on expanding the recently launched line of effects-based terpenes - ...
(Date:8/12/2020)... ... August 11, 2020 , ... ... chain validation engineering firm, is making available for free its new white ... incorporate concurrent transport simulation testing into today’s biologics licensing application (BLA). In ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... August 03, 2020 , ... ... announced Jim Corrigan, President and CEO has been named one of the 100 ... of industry sectors, PharmaVoice 100 honorees are selected based on how they have ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... 29, 2020 , ... G-CON Manufacturing, the leader in off-site ... FOR LIFE.” The adoption of this taglines comes at a time of tremendous ... to provide patients with urgently needed vaccines and other lifesaving pharmaceutical treatments. G-CON’s ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: