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Gut Health, Healthism, & Diet Culture:
Are You Buying the Solution to a Made-Up Problem?
Gut microbiome science has been commodified as a new industry: Gut Health. This new frontier is a siren song to health-enthusiasts and marketers alike, promising a multitude of new ways to "optimize" health.
Join us and learn how to spot the influences of healthism & diet culture in gut health marketing, so you can avoid buying solutions to problems that don't exist!
Dr. Jessie Hoffman, RD
Contributing author of
The Science of Gut Health!
Jessie Hoffman, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition at Winthrop University. She holds a Masters in Nutrition from UNC-Greensboro and a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Kentucky. After completing her PhD she completed her dietetic internship through Iowa State University. Her dietetic and research expertise are in gastrointestinal conditions and the gut microbiome.
Currently, her research focuses on the impact of psychological stress and dietary factors (i.e. dietary fiber) on gastrointestinal health and the gut microbiome. Additionally, Jessie is passionate about scientific and nutritional science communication, and does so regularly through social media. From breaking down nutrition science to busting myths that are so prevalent in today's society, she strives to empower individuals to become responsible consumers of social media content and experts on their own bodies.