The Controversy over Registered Dietitians’ Endorsements

The Lempert Report
November 29, 2023

The Washington Post and The Examination, a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on global health reporting, published their investigation of how brands have paid registered dietitians to promote their products, studies or commodities. There is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is that the social media posts of these RD’s did not disclose that they were paid to promote these brands or trade groups. What’s also wrong is that in some cases, their postings were in direct conflict with basic nutritional science. Yup, a pure pay for play. One that could mislead and harm consumers with bad or incorrect information. The FTC is now involved, and the investigation will change how all health professionals post their opinions – and proven scientific findings.

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