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For Fact’s Sake podcast: Why is bad diet advice online so dangerous?

Dieting and fitness advice is rife on social media, but listening to the wrong information can be devastating to people’s health and wellbeing.

Ali and Paul spoke to Kirsty Pavey from eating disorder charity Beat eating disorders about the danger of bad diet advice that can encourage disordered eating and affect people’s mental health.

Elsewhere in the podcast, we take on a claim by the home secretary Suella Braverman about refugees from Sudan, and we look at some historical fact checking on the origins of the Picts.

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Show notes:

  • Beat’s website is here, with advice and support for people living with eating disorders or concerned about a loved one.
  • Our full fact check on Suella Braverman’s claim.

Ferret Fact Service (FFS) is a non-partisan fact checker, and a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers’ code of principles. All the sources used in our checks are publicly available and the FFS fact-checking methodology can be viewed here. Want to suggest a fact check? Go to community.theferret.scot, email us at factcheck@theferret.scot or join our Facebook group.

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