Reposted from Eat Drink Politics
Just as most western nations do, Australia suffers significantly from diet- related chronic diseases. Heart disease is the leading cause of death, killing one Australian every 12 minutes. Diabetes is also a serious health concern and has been on the rise in recent years, according to the Australian government.Three out of five people who suffer from diabetes also suffer from heart disease. Especially troubling is how the indigenous population of Australia suffers from diabetes at three times the rate of the general population. Given these serious public health problems, all preventable through healthy eating, it behooves the nation’s leading nutrition professionals to be honest with the Australian people.
The 2013 report, “And Now a Word from Our Sponsors,” also from Eat Drink Politics, found that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the United States has a serious credibility problem due to its myriad conflicts with the junk food industry. For example, dietitians can earn continuing education credits from Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, and at their annual meeting, attend sponsored sessions by Nestlé and lobbyists for high fructose corn syrup. This sort of cozy relationship with the same companies that are contributing to the very problems dietitians are supposed to help prevent seriously undermines that profession’s credibility.
Sadly, a very similar situation exists within Australia’s dietetic profession. The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), representing more than 5,000 members, claims to be “the leader in nutrition for better food, better health and well-being for all.” But that can’t be true when the organization is compromised by serious conflicts of interest, which cast doubt on the organizations’ dietary recommendations and policy positions.
Read the full report.