When I read an online article from the New York Times recently, covering the online abuse received by a mother for including her two children in her and her husbands’ low carb lifestyle, the trial of professor Tim Noakes instantly came to mind. For those unaware of Tim Noakes the world-renowned South African scientist and low-carb advocate was embroiled in a court case about giving nutritional advice online for a tweet on twitter dating back to 2014 and since then Prof Noakes has defended himself at a series of trials. He was also at risk of losing his medical licence. Prof Noakes won the case in April 2017, during which the panel heard that the tweet was scientifically correct and could cause no potential harm.
For low carb advocate Abby Durlewanger, putting her kids on a low-carb, low-sugar ketogenic diet was an easy choice. The mother of two from House of Keto on TikTok also has a website. Three years ago, Abby transitioned her entire household to a keto lifestyle and videos of the keto meals she prepares for her eleven year old daughter and 5 year old son have more than 8.9 million views on TikTok. But critics have likened her approach to “child abuse”. Her posts have sparked social media outrage along with receiving death threats and calls to contact Child Protective Services.
“What type of parent would I be if I let haters on TikTok dictate how I raise my children?” says Abby.
“We don’t post on social media to take a consensus. We do it to inform the world about a lifestyle that works for us.”
It seems we still have a long way to go