Food Bloggers… Good or Bad?
I want to start off by saying that I heart food bloggers 🙂 Heck, I’m a food blogger! I like to keep things happy. I like to write about fun recipes, healthy eating, being a mom, and taking cute pictures of my kid. When I read this article earlier today, I knew I had to write about it.
If you’re a food blogger and haven’t heard about the Marie Claire article yet… please read it.
To say the Healthy Living Blog community was rocked today is an understatement.
Basically, the article discusses the relevant issue of the possible influence that these popular blogs may have on their readers. Could these blogs be steering readers towards a lifestyle of unhealthy eating and excessive exercising?
I have been blogging at Weekly Bite for just over a year now and I have been reading blogs for a little over three years. When I first started seeing bloggers take pictures and track what they eat, as an R.D. I was a little alarmed. The first thing that popped in my head was that it could attract readers with some type of disordered eating. In fact, I even remember having clients who wanted to start a blog as a way to be held accountable for what they ate.
I understand the author’s point about these bloggers not having formal nutrition education (Except for Kath – congrats on your R.D. !!), but… I must ask; is it incumbent upon the blogger to state that they are not giving professional nutritional advice? (All six of the bloggers mentioned in the article have disclaimers posted on their sites) Or, is it the reader’s responsibility to know what they are reading and who the author is?
I may also have a very different point of view, I am 10 yrs older than most of these bloggers and have worked professionally as an R.D. since 2000. I am the mother of a beautiful 16 month old daughter who mimics my every move, and I know how crucial it is to remember how influential we are on our children.
Having said that… I’m going to focus on the positive. I’m a regular reader of all of these blogs and will continue to be. I love the fact that “The Big Six” practice an intuitive approach to eating and that they promote regular exercise. They offer healthy eating alternatives, great product recommendations, and some fun menu ideas.
The reality is that a reader can choose what they want and don’t want to read. Just because a blogger is training for a marathon does not pressure me into doing the same. But… I’m also 34 years old. If I was 22 years old, maybe I would feel different… who knows…
Remember… all bloggers have a point of view and agenda… as do all magazine articles.
What did you think about the article?
Do you think the article’s author “Cherry-picked” these blogs to focus on the negative while leaving out the positive aspects they may provide?
Do you believe everything you read in blogs?