Freelee the Banana Girl, or Leanne Ratcliffe, is a Youtube sensation with over half a million subscribers. The vlogger from Adelaide is a strict vegan, and most of her videos involve critiquing “bulls**t diet programs” and giving advice to her followers about how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
For Freelee this involves her ‘raw til 4’ diet plan, and sticking to low-processed, low-fat, and high-carbohydrate foods. One of her videos showcases her eating 50 bananas in one day.
5-0. 50. 50 bananas.
While I don’t follow Freelee on any social media platforms, I’ve known about her for quite a while. Some of the people I follow on social media have attempted her ‘trip to banana island’, and she’s come under fire several times for her highly irresponsible, non-evidence-based claims . In 2014, she said “chemo is killing us.” She’s also suggested that “menstruation is toxicity leaving the body”. Most recently, she’s been accused of suffering from orthorexia, a condition which involves an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.
It was when she posted an 8-minute, expletive-laden rant last week defending her lifestyle, that she garnered considerable public attention.
All this brings us to yesterday, when she appeared on Today Extra to debate a dietitian. She’s since made a video about her appearance, which you can watch here:
an overwhelming number of all her arguments could easily be refuted once placed under any level of scrutiny, I’m going to choose to focus solely on her comments about health professionals, and her blatant dismissal of their authority. She began by expressing her frustration with people who question her lack of qualifications. “It’s always people who are out of shape who seem to be saying that to me,” she said.
“I’ve had obese nutritionists try and tell me that my diet is wrong, and I’m like ‘hey – just because you’ve got a bit of paper, doesn’t mean I’m going to take your advice.’ I want to see the results – where are your blood tests?”
She then proceeded to ask the dietitian on the show where her blood tests results were.