In February of 2013, I co-founded Dietitians for Professional Integrity with some of my dietitian colleagues (I am also the group’s Strategic Director). We advocate for ethical and socially responsible partnerships within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Follow us as we address a very troublesome issue negatively impacting the credential we worked so hard to earn. The group was formed after the publication of Michele Simon’s report on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, titled “And Now: A Word From Our Sponsors”, which I highly recommend you read for a thorough background on the topic.
Below are some articles — in reverse chronological order — I have written or been quoted in since I closed Small Bites in June of 2012:
Dietitians Take Aim At Food Industry Sponsorships (MedPage Today)
House Bill Would Mandate Soda Tax; Voluntary Efforts Not Cutting It, Rep Says (Food Navigator USA)
Nutritionists Pan ASN Statement on Processed Foods (MedPage Today)
Mexico Restricts Junk Food Ads; Time for Rethink on Advertising? (Food Navigator USA)
’5 A Day’ Still Might Not Be Enough Fruit and Vegetables, Study Finds (Los Angeles Times)
Study: Diet Soda Drinkers Lost More Weight than Water Drinkers (Los Angeles Times)
McDonald’s Sponsors Nutrition Convention (Shape.com)
An RD Explains Why All Foods Don’t Fit In A Healthy Diet: Andy Bellatti (BeyondChron.org)
Do All Foods Really Fit In A Healthy Diet? (BeyondChron.org)
Nutrition Label 2.0: Bigger, Bolder, Better (Civil Eats)
Lessons on Salt For Dietitians… by a Chip Maker (Associated Press)
Front Groups: Big Food’s Behind-the-Scenes Strategy (Huffington Post)
Marketing Masquerading as Science (Inspired RD)
There’s No Reason to Drink Urine (VICE Magazine)
Soda Tax Myths: “Soda Taxes Distract from Real Issues (Beyond Chron)
FDA to Update Nutrition Labels (Food Navigator)
Box Tops Help Big Food’s Bottom Line (Civil Eats)
Which Top-Rated Diets Are Unhealthy? (She Knows)
This Study Is Brought to You By… (Inspired RD)
Is Gluten Really to Blame? (She Knows)
What Should I Look For on a Nutrition Label? (Lifehacker)
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines: RDs’ Wish List (Food Navigator USA)
Food Firms Say 6.5 Trillion Fewer Calories Sold In 2012 Than In 2007 (Los Angeles Times)
Study Shows Consumer Confusion on OJ, Sugar Content (The Ledger)
Lifehacker 2013 Holiday Podcast (Lifehacker)
Know Your Front Groups, Food Politics Aficionados! (Inspired RD)
What is the Best Alternative to Milk? (Lifehacker)
Americans’ Eating Habits Worst Since 2008, ‘Systemic Change’ Needed, RD Says (Food Navigator USA)
Coke’s “Cap the Tap” Campaign Campaign Contradicts Its Social Responsibility Aims (Non-Profit Quarterly)
AND Dismisses Report Saying Sponsors Exert ‘Vice Grip’ Over FNCE (Food Navigator USA)
Coca-Cola’s Assault on Tap Water (Civil Eats)
Interview with Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, about Dietitians For Professional Integrity (Plant Based Dietitian)
Children Are Eating Too Much Sugar, but Halloween is Not to Blame (Huffington Post)
FNCE Keynote Anti-GMO Urban Elites Peddle “Old McDonald” Fantasy (Food Navigator USA)
Dietitians For Professional Integrity on Corporate Sponsorship at AND (Food Navigator USA)
Dietitians object to group’s ties with Big Food (San Antonio Express)
Waiter, There’s Politics in my Food! (Inspired RD)
Four Healthwashing Pitfalls to Watch Out For (Eating Rules)
Star Athletes like LeBron, Serena Cash In on Junk Food Endorsement (Los Angeles Times)
Let’s Retire These Damaging Mainstream Nutrition Beliefs, Please (Huffington Post)
How Can I Eat Well While Working From Home? (Lifehacker)
Take Sodium Reduction Advice With a Grain of Salt (Civil Eats)
Bill Proposes Radical Changes to Food Label (Food Navigator USA)
Seeking Longevity? Eat Real Food (Huffington Post)
Coke Launches New Health Campaign (CBC Radio)
Coke to Defend Safety of Aspartame in New Ad (Associated Press)
Should AND Sever Its Ties with Junk Food Corporate Sponsors? (Food Navigator USA)
Ultrarunner Rich Roll’s interview of me for his podcast (Free ITunes download HERE).
The Latest McFib: “Our Food is Healthy” (Civil Eats)
What You Don’t Know About Processed Food (Huffington Post)
How The Obesity Focus Hurts the Health Movement (Huffington Post)
How Did My Profession’s Conference Get Hijacked By Big Food? (Appetite for Profit)
The 4 Biggest Food Stories of 2012 — And What They Taught Us (Huffington Post)
The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation (Civil Eats)
It’s Time For an R.D. Revolution (Eating Rules)
Dietitians Call for Integrity (Civil Eats)
Will the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Stand up for its Members? (Weighty Matters)
11 Superfoods You Should Know About (Real Simple Magazine)
Is Big Biz Influencing Dietitians? (San Antonio Express)
You can also keep up on my latest projects and writing by following me on Twitter.
Original Message From June 2012 below:
When I started this blog five years ago (1,998 posts ago!), I never imagined it would be so fulfilling and nourishing.
Small Bites not only gave me a platform to share my views and upset the nutrition world’s apple cart, but also connected me with people in 105 countries. This blog opened doors for me I didn’t even think I could knock on.
I have always valued speaking one’s truth. And, right now, my truth is that my time and mental energy need to be focused in a slightly different direction.
I am not disappearing. I will continue to write and regularly contribute to this country’s discussion on issues of food, nutrition, and food policy. And, of course, my Twitter account will remain highly active. I have not lost my passion or drive; it’s simply become clear to me that it is time to close this particular chapter.
To all you Registered Dietitians in training: please remember that you have a voice. We are nutrition professionals, not food industry public relations experts. Don’t allow yourselves to be bullied into silence by industry shills, and don’t ever allow “the science” (often paid for by those with deep pockets) to trump common sense. Our profession’s reputation is hanging by a thread, and we desperately need people to show the world Registered Dietitians are not Big Food’s and Big Ag’s puppets.
To everyone else: thank you for your support of Small Bites over the past five years. Onward and upward! There is more to come.
PS: This blog is one of my proudest accomplishments, and I will leave it up so it can continue to be a one-of-a-kind resource for anyone who wants nutrition information with a unique voice and an approach that takes into account the politics that shape our food system.