Popular culture vs. science: A battle we can win!

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Popular culture is awash in misinformation about how to live a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true in the context of diet and nutrition advice. There are, for example, hundreds of bizarre regimes that promise to cleanse our bodies of harmful toxins. New celebrity-endorsed weight loss strategies seem to emerge almost daily. And the gluten-free health trend continues to be ridiculously popular. In this presentation, Caulfield explores the social forces that are contributing to this confused state, including the role of public trust in science, social media, celebrities, cognitive biases and the circulation of conflicting “expert” advice. The presentation concludes with a consideration of evidence-informed strategies that can be utilized to counter the science-free noise. 


Timothy Caulfield, LLM, FRSC, FCAHS is Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Research Director, Health Law Institute and a Professor in the Faculty of Law & School of Public Health at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB.

Length: 1h 05min

The opinions expressed in this presentation are that of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect those of Dietitians of Canada. Further, this presentation should not be reproduced in full or in part without the express written consent of the presenter.  

Les opinions exprimées dans cette présentation sont celles du présentateur ou de la présentatrice et ne reflètent pas nécessairement celles des Diététistes du Canada. Par ailleurs, cette présentation ne devrait pas être reproduite, que ce soit en partie ou dans son intégralité, sans le consentement écrit exprès du présentateur ou de la présentatrice.

Last Updated: December 11, 2019

Type: Learning on Demand

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