Healthy Eating Week is on this week and their marketing arm has decided that this stat is worth including in their promotional infographic:
I don't know about you, but if I was a member of a professional association whose primary role was to give advice on a serious matter, but less than half of people thought that advice was worth paying for, I'd reconsider the advice I was giving. Or my vocation.
Funny and insanely optimistic, perhaps.
The jokes only go so far, though, because being ridiculously inconsistent in your messaging is simply not funny.
For example, they devote a substantial amount of time telling anyone who'll listen that dietary methods such as paleo are not "evidence-based".
When a bunch of people repeatedly feel the need to tell you that their advice is evidence-based, the implication being that any other advice is bullshit, you have to wonder why they're so defensive and narrow-minded. I don't get it.
I guess it must be the 47% thing.
Anyway, back to paleo, the DAA are at great pains to have you believe it's utter stupidity.
"While the Australian Dietary Guidelines are based on strong evidence from more than 55,000 studies, a Palaeolithic diet has been studied in very few people and not over the long term."
"Excluding whole food groups is not wise, and strict followers may risk falling short on key nutrients.
Shit, even the Australian Medical Association President, Michael Gannon, thinks so - "exclusion diets never work"
But when's the last time you heard a dietitian saying that veganism or vegetarianism never works or hasn't been studied over the long term?
The 47 per centers will have you believe that low carbers and paleo devotees are ignorant and will suffer serious health consequences for cutting out or reducing the only non-essential macronutrient, but yet vegans, for whom the word "extreme dietary practices" are a massive understatement, and whose eating patterns are potentially neurologically destructive, are given the touchy feely treatment.
It's so damn unfair! Ha ha.
Which reminds me, back to the jokes...see if you can spot a couple here:
|And...the most stable fats are? Well? Hee hee.|
The DAA have a Healthy Eating Quiz which is too predictable to be funny. And I was stupid enough to waste 5 minutes of my life on it.
|That last sentence is just weird.|
|0/12? Fuck you.|
I can't remember where I saw this comment, but I had an unusually hard time figuring out whether she is serious or not. After looking at her website, I still can't tell. My hat is off to you, Ms Natoli. Bravo.