Nutrition Quackery - FIT112

Nutrition Quackery

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD
(4.1 / 57 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (0.80 CEU)

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New information on tainted weight loss supplements, sexual enhancement supplements and new federal supplement regulations highlight the latest edition of this important course. Because infomercials and spam promote bogus dietary supplements for profit, your clients need your help to make good decisions. This course provides the facts you need to help them protect themselves. Essential for working with dieters and athletes.


Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
  • Define food faddism, cultism, and quackery.
  • Identify the four different categories of nutrition quackery victims.
  • Describe the placebo effect.
  • Discuss why food faddism persists.
  • Define vitalism and identify three nonscientific health care practices that are rooted in vitalism.
  • Discuss why homeopathy violates scientific principles.
  • Describe the potential dangers of naturopathy.
  • Discuss two clinical tricks commonly used by unscientific practitioners.
  • Describe three nonscientific tests for nutritional deficiencies and why they are not valid.
  • Describe the components of a scientific assessment of nutritional status.
  • List ten ways to recognize nutrition quackery.
  • Describe methods for evaluating nutrition claims that are read and heard.
  • Identify three different categories of harm done by quackery and give an example of each category.
  • Discuss the medical hazards of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets, fasting, and food combining.
  • Describe how to evaluate weight-loss programs.
  • Discuss five ineffective weight-loss aids.
  • List two reasons why protein and amino acid supplements are not needed to increase muscle mass.
  • Identify five ineffective ergogenic aids and why they don't work.
  • Identify the three federal agencies that can act against nutrition fraud and their areas of jurisdiction.
  • Describe two weaknesses in our consumer protection laws.
  • Provide three tips for combating nutrition quackery.
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 Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.8 ACE CEC.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.6 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 8.0 ACSM CECs. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 7/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/1/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Neil C - Dania Bch, FL  ·  Dec 06, 2017
This was a great course as I am interested in Nutrition QAuackery
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stephanie m - Sarasota, FL  ·  Nov 25, 2017
Will be useful information to pass on to my clients and patients.
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Deanna N - Draper, UT  ·  Jul 03, 2017
The nutrition field is full of quacks! Anything I can do to become more educated about them and protect my clients is useful!
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NANCY A C - PARSIPPANY, NJ  ·  Jan 22, 2017
interesting, has usuful information, is easy to understand
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Hugh R - Ozone Park, NY  ·  May 31, 2016
It is a very educational excellent!
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