Dr Libby Weaver is one of Australia’s most accomplished and recognised nutritional biochemists and authors.
She’s regularly shared the stage with Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Dr. Oz and is a nine-times number one bestselling author.
But she has been forced to issue a heartfelt public apology and pull her latest book – What Am I Supposed to Eat? – from shelves after she caused offence with a term used to describe Down syndrome up until the mid-1900s.
“In my latest book… I used a word to describe Down syndrome that I thought was a current, medically-used word.
“It has since been brought to my attention that it is a word used in a derogatory way.”
“I am mortified to have caused anyone any distress through my error, in particular children with Down syndrome and their families.”
Dr Weaver confirmed she had instructed her publishing company to immediately recall the book – thought to be around 20,000 copies – from sale and will arrange a reprint where the word will not appear.
In a passage advising pregnant women on what to eat, Dr Libby wrote consuming folate could “reduce the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, deformed limbs and mongolism”.