MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY :
PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS :
JOURNAL ARTICLES: RETRACTION :
JOURNALS: NAMED JOURNAL: BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE:
Widely Covered Editorial Extolling Importance of Diet Over Exercise
A shorter URL for the above link:
The British Journal of Sports Medicine has temporarily removed an
editorial arguing that physical activity alone will not cure the obesity
epidemic, following an expression of concern.
In its place stands the following message:
This paper has been temporarily removed following an expression of
First author Assem Malhotra, based at the Department of Cardiology,
Frimley Park Hospital and Consultant Clinical Associate to the Academy of
Medical Royal Colleges, told us the paper was pulled due to a technical
issue, and an official explanation would be forthcoming.
Indeed, just this morning, we received a statement from Fiona Godlee,
editor of the British Medical Journal, which publishes the British Journal
of Sports Medicine:
The article was taken down temporarily, mainly to address concerns
about some undeclared conflicts of interest. It will be reposted shortly.
Second author Timothy Noakes believes he has the explanation. He told us
the article may have been pulled because he didnt declare a potential
conflict of interest related to his popular books about health:
It seems that it was largely my fault as I failed to declare a
conflict of interest from the books that I write relating to exercise or
nutrition or both. Since all the royalties from all those books are
donated to two Trusts that I run to support research (as now fully
declared in my COI statement) I did not consider it a conflict of
interest. In 40 years of research I have never declared my books as a COI
and I am not aware of many other authors who routinely declare books as
Noakes, based at the University of Cape Town and Sports Science Institute
of South Africa, even passed along a COI form he recently completed for
the journal, declaring this potential conflict.
Whats puzzling, however, is that the journal appeared to pull the
editorial from its website (although you can read in full here), and has
not released the expression of concern referenced in the note (at least,
not any EoC we can find). Does a missing potential COI warrant removing
the article entirely before it can be added?
The complete article may be read at the URL above.
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