The Whole Pantry author Belle Gibson has finally addressed the speculation that she lied about a cancer diagnosis in Womans Day Magazine.
“No. None of it’s true,” she confessed.
“I am still jumping between what I think I know and what is reality. I have lived it and I’m not really there yet,”
The stories of women who took her word as gospel and who used her advice to help battle their own health issues have filled blogging sites.
I sympathise with these people when you are feeling unwell and someone shows up bright eyed and bushy tailed and crediting it to certain things I dont blame people for trying them.
As much as I am outraged that Belle has lied I am also alarmed at the platform she was given to peddle them.
And I think this is where people need to start asking more questions.
Before the internet if you wanted to seek nutrition advice you went to a nutritionist who has years of studies behind them and a board to answer to.
But we are seeing the rise of self promoted health ‘experts’ like Sarah Wilson’s “I quit sugar” which even prompted Sydney nutritionist Cassie Platt, to release a new book entitled Don’t Quit Sugar.
Pete Evans also had health experts sounding alarm bells with his controversial views on the Paleo diet.
All of whom have publishers putting their words in print and on bookshelves around the country.
It seems these days with the right instagram filters, an internet course and a public profile that you can manage to gain enough followers to elevate your opinions to expert level.
What makes it even more shocking is that with little or no training these online ‘experts’ are making money out of these opinions.
It is so hard to cut through the online diets and fads but where I think they should have credibility is the publishing world.
If you are paying someone for their opinion make sure its an informed well researched tried and tested one with expert backing.
From a business perspective I see their reasoning followers equal readers equal sales.
But as we have seen with Penguin in Belles case they have had to pull her book from stores.
So dear publishing world can you please take a harder stance on hard copy because I would like your white pages to cut through the white noise.