Dietitians & Nutritionists who have gone to school for a minimum of a bachelors degree + nutrition specific 6 month internship know that influencers are full of SH*T when it comes to the ‘knowledge’ they share on social media. Many of these influencers know nothing about how to properly utilize food as medical therapy yet provide clinics, sell products, and dole out advice about how people should eat for weight loss, PCOS, skin conditions, etc. Without any real education on the matter, these claims are thrown out at whims based on what works for the social celeb or which product is paying them.
Finally a study (REAL RESEARCH) has highlighted this fact! 88% of influencers were found to provide inaccurate and potentially dangerous advice.
If you’re a MyFavoriteMurder fan, the latest ep (8/29/19) told the story of a FRAUD posing as a MD who then changed his fake practice to Naturopathic Medicine (because that’s not a real degree). Just goes to show that anyone can call themselves anything online - LOOK INTO THEIR CREDENTIALS!
It’s great to enjoy scrolling through your favorite influencer accounts for fun and inspo, but when it comes to making real lifestyle changes to better yourself, turn to the professionals. If you think a dietitian’s advice seems non specific, GOOD, that’s because blanket advice is hurtful and any real expert will want to work with you one on one to asses what is best for your individual needs instead of making falsely specific claims that everyone should follow.