Ideally Only Donut Conferences Should Deliver Free Donuts #FNCE #RDChat #IfYouServeItWeWillEatIt

Lots of jabs on the Twitter diet this week though RD Tracey Fox questioned the wisdom of the donuts service at the Annual Conference and Expo (FNCE) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

There were exaggerations and misleading arguments on both sides.

People who hate donuts apparently likened sugar to sugar * controls tweets, sighs * heroin and cigarettes, while the people who defend them, their arguments are probably summarized in this tweet:

I would like to touch on these arguments very soon.

  1. Dietitians and everyone else is allowed to eat donut holes whenever they want, and the criticism of making holes in a diet conference does not show otherwise.
  2. No, the * giant roll * eating a donut hole does not cause chronic diseases, nor does it criticize donating holes at a diet conference to indicate otherwise.
  3. No, donuts were not the only food served by the FNCE, nor did they criticize donating holes to a diet conference, they say otherwise.
  4. Criticism for donating holes to a diet conference is not disappointing for colleagues (but this peep on using anxious straw men to call RD who does not believe donuts should be served at a diet conference is certain They are)

As I've written before about a doctor's conference, which included soda, Clif bars and potato chips as snacks, human beings, including MDs and RDs, when faced with freely available options tend to choose them, and I can only I wonder if they hadn't been offered how many RDs they would have gone for a donut or cookie run?

And of course it's not "only one"We are all constantly faced with selective choices offered to us to christen every event no matter how small and have created a food environment with which we must go out of our way to make healthy choices and act actively, I say no Now I think that apologetic choices are a part of life, a pleasant part of it, and one that I even actively encourage my patients to do, but I also believe that it would be in everyone's interest to food instead environment where healthy choices are the defaults and cautious options are readily available for anyone who wants to get out of their way to get them.

And by the way, at FNCE this year they were definitely readily available. Beiler's Mystic Bakery was 92ft away from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, while Dunkin's Pedestrian Street was 135ft away.

Yes, the constant supply of junk food is a social norm, but it is definitely not necessary.

And frankly, even though the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics allows and encourages bad eating choices at RD events, why would anyone expect better than others?

Until we stop supporting people's theoretical ability "simply saying no"or that providing healthy options somehow eliminates garbage prevention as the primary means of dealing with a food environment that offers uninterrupted and nutritious nourishment at every turn, we are never likely to see change and frankly this is a burden that should lead.