Scientists Criticize The “Quack” Diets Of Celebrities
Leading charity names and shames celebrities who, on its claim, are using quack diets.
Names of sports stars, models, actors and singers who are allegedly promoting pseudo scientific remedies for losing weight were included in the list of Sense about Science. Some of those listed are Cheryl Cole’s apparent belief in the “blood group diet” and Naomi Campbell’s maple syrup, lemon and pepper detox regime. Also included are that of David Beckham, Robert de Niro, Olivia Newton-John and royal fiancé Kate Middleton.
The report also criticized that of Campbell’s “Master Cleanse” diet by saying that detox was just a marketing myth. The supermodel recently told Oprah Winfrey that it is good for everyone to have their bodies cleaned out every once in a whole.
The report also noted that Sarah Harding’s sprinkling of charcoal into a breakfast cereal was “unnecessary”. The Girls Alound singer has recently told Now magazine that charcoal will absorb the bad and damaging stuff in the body. As for the “blood group diet” which is favored by X Factor Judge Cole and Sir Cliff Richard, the report also has things to say.
The supporters of the diet believe that people with different blood groups will break down foods in different ways and this should mean that they must eat different foods to avoid getting obese. Mrs. Cole recently told Hello Magazine that it has made such a difference in her and this does not just mean her figure but also on how she feels and in her energy levels. But then Sian Porter, a dietician shared to Sense about Science that the blood groups do not actually affect digestion.
Another thing that was criticized in the report is wearing of the Power Balance bracelets. This is made of silicon with an embedded hologram which claims to increase the energy levels of a person wearing it. Some of those known supporters of this bracelet is David Beckham, Robert de Niro and Kate Middleton.
According to Professor Grey Whyte, a sports scientist, the said benefit gained from wearing the bracelet was from a placebo effect.
Lindsay Hogg, the Assistant Director of the group said that “We’d like to see more celebrities checking out the science before they open their mouths and send the wrong thing viral.” The group aims to correct scientific inaccuracies.