Did you read an article in the past few months about how chocolate can help you lose weight? We're sorry to report that the study showing chocolate's effectiveness as a weight loss aid was a hoax.
Who would do such a thing?
Journalist John Bohannon, that's who. Now before you get up in arms about being led astray, here's why Bohannon spread such a deliciously untrue health study.
Bohannon, who is a PhD and journalist, publicized the false study to show how easy it is for bad nutritional advice and science to spread throughout the media. While Bohannon actually did conduct a study and write it up in a seemingly formal way, he notes that journalists covering these topics should know how to evaluate whether or not a story is legitimate.
NPR spoke with Bohannon and has more details on just how widely the fake study spread.
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