I recently sent
this letter to the editor of a medical magazine:
Editor, GP Magazine
You recently ran an article entitled `GPs
Knowledge On Nutrition Needs Updating'. The article was written by Dr David
Haslam who is described as clinical director of something called the National
Obesity Forum. The article included information about meat taken from a `survey'
conducted by the British Meat Nutrition Education Services and was illustrated
with a photograph of some red meat. What the article didn't tell readers was
that the website of the National Obesity Forum receives `an educational grant'
from (among others) meatandhealth.co.uk, which is in turn paid for by the
British Meat Nutrition Education Services. It is perfectly true that GPs need
better nutrition information. But in my opinion they need entirely independent
information - advice which cannot possible be regarded as tainted in any way by
association with industry pressure groups. I will be advising my readers about
the National Obesity Forum (and asking the GMC to look into this organisation
and those linked to it) but I would be grateful if you would also let your
readers know of this important link, so that they know how to regard any more
information from Dr Haslam and the National Obesity Forum.
Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc
Vernon Coleman has received
no educational grants from anyone or from any organisation or lobby group. His
book Food for Thought provides honest, impartial, unbiased advice on food
(including meat). Food for Thought is available from the shop on this
website and from all good bookshops everywhere.