The Drs: Are You Sharenting?
The Doctors asked whether you could be sharing too much as a parent. A “sharent” is a parent who shares every single detail of their kids’ lives on social media. Dr Travis Stork said sharing too much online can become dangerous because your child could become a target. They brought up how celebrities are constantly putting their children in the spotlight. Kelly Cutrone explained that putting too many pictures up, one after the other, is over-sharing. She joked that her 74-year-old mom “likes” everything she writes on Facebook.
The Doctors said the main thing is that sharing occasionally is okay, but spamming can be too much. It’s all about being sure not to cross the line by sharing too much.
Are you guilty of sharenting? Do you think parents share too much on social media?
The Drs: Nutritionists Recommend Soda?
The Doctors then moved on to talk about nutritionists promoting drinking soda. Coca-Cola has been recently paying nutritionists and dietitians to tout cola in the mini cans as a “healthy snack.” Because of a decline is soda consumption, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the brand is working with experts to send a message to people.
Dr Stork said every big food company has people in house who are put in a difficult spot when asked to promote an unhealthy product. Dr Jennifer Ashton said it shouldn’t matter how much they’re getting paid, because they’re compromising their professional credibility. Dr Stork said they must be getting paid a lot, because they wouldn’t do it unless they were.
The Drs: Promoting Unhealthy Snacks
The Doctors reached out to the registered dietitian who was featured in the article touting the beverage, and she made the following statement: “I never said Coke was a healthy snack. Second, I have been a consultant to Coca-Cola and companies that market no- and low-calorie sweeteners and products containing them for over 20 years because I believe in their… efficacy as a way to reduce added sugar and excess calories in the diet… I ask those who choose to criticize me for being a paid consultant to Coca-Cola to please provide evidence that I have offered inaccurate information in the work I have done or made recommendations that are not supported by scientific evidence.”
Dr Stork said the companies have a lot of money and there are athletes who are endorsing products, even though they never would consume the products themselves.