South Africa, like many countries around the world, is facing an obesity crisis. Tim Noakes has proposed that a low carbohydrate way of eating is the solution and has recommended this to a wide number of people without always doing a full assessment to see if this is appropriate for each individual. One such recommendation he made was a tweet to a mother encouraging her to wean her child onto a low carbohydrate diet. The president of the Association of Dietetics in South Africa(ADSA), Claire Julsing-Strydom, laid a complaint with the HPCSA against Tim for this tweet. To read more information on the case which is still in progress, please click here to read this statement from ADSA.
As part of my everyday job, I offer expert opinion to the media. I really enjoy being able to spread evidence-based nutrition messages. That means I help translate research into easy to understand English and translate nutritional science into practical food suggestions. I volunteer as an ADSA spokesperson and they have kindly featured me on their blog. Click here to read the full interview.