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Rosemary Stanton
Rosemary Alison Finley

(1944-06-05) 5 June 1944 (age 80)
Sydney, Australia
EducationUniversity of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Occupation(s)Nutritionist and dietician
Known forRaising public awareness of public health food issues
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Rosemary Alison Stanton OAM (née Finley) (born 5 June 1944, Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian nutritionist and dietician, known for her media appearances.[1]


Stanton has been called "the first 'celebrity' dietitian".[2] As of 2018, Stanton had written 33 books, including several textbooks, many scientific papers and over 3500 articles. She has been a regular guest on many TV programs, including The Investigators and the Checkout (ABC) and was a presenter on Burke's Backyard.[3]

Stanton was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1998 for her services to community health.[4] She has been awarded an honorary doctorate for her many publications and role in public health,[5] and is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales.[6]

During her childhood, Stanton's family were members of the Plymouth Brethren. While Stanton had wanted to go to university to become a medical doctor, this was not permitted, so she left the sect. She took up a cadetship with the NSW Department of Health and studied Science, majoring in biochemistry and pharmaceutical Chemistry. She then completed post-graduate qualifications in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Stanton worked at the NSW Department of Health in University vacations from 1962 to 1966 and then permanently from 1966 to 1968.[1] Stanton had a regular column in Cleo from its first issue and also wrote for many other magazines.[3]

Stanton is well known for her criticism of sugary drinks, junk foods, supplements with unproven claims and has been described as "renowned for her no-nonsense approach to nutrition advice".[7] She is an advocate for the Stephanie Alexander School Kitchen Garden Program and for organic food, arguing that it has fewer contaminants and that production of organic food is less damaging to the environment.[8]

Stanton was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Dietary Guidelines Working Committee, which revised the federal Department of Health's Australian Dietary Guidelines.[5] Stanton also received the Food Media Nutrition Writers Award in 2008, 2001 and 1995.[9]

She writes for The Conversation and is part of their Community Council.


  1. ^ a b "Stanton, Rosemary Alison – Biographical entry – Encyclopedia of Australian Science". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. ^ Evans, Sally (December 2003), "Evolution, evidence and enterprise: women in leadership in the Australian healthcare industry. [This paper is based on the Lecture in honour of Barbara Chester presented at the Dietitians Association of Australia (now Dietitians Australia) National Conference (21st: 2003)]", Nutrition and Dietetics, 60 (4): 253–257, ISSN 1446-6368
  3. ^ a b Sweet, Melissa (22 May 2001), "Food fighter", The Bulletin with Newsweek, 119 (6275), A C P Computer Publications: 28(4), ISSN 1440-7485
  4. ^ "It's an Honour – Honours – Search Australian Honours". Itsanhonour.gov.au. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Dietary Guidelines Working Committee". Eat For Health. 27 July 2015. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Heart attack | UNSW Newsroom". Newsroom.unsw.edu.au. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  7. ^ Gill, Tim (1 March 2005), "A matter of fat: Understanding and overcoming obesity in kids.(Book Review)", Nutrition & Dietetics: The Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia, 62 (1), Dietitians Association of Australia (now Dietitians Australia): 54(1), ISSN 1446-6368
  8. ^ Thornton, Mark (5 November 2001), "Experts debate merits of organic, conventional food.", Food Chemical News, 43 (38), Agra Informa, Inc: 16, ISSN 0015-6337
  9. ^ http://connectweb.com.au/view-biography.aspx?pid=10754&p=WWA Who's Who in Australia – Online edition (subscription required)

Further reading[edit]

  • Hill, Robin (12 April 1994), "On a mission for nutrition. -Rosemary Stanton's message about food-", Bulletin (Sydney) (12 Apr 1994): 44–45, ISSN 1440-7485
  • Barrowclough, Nikki (11 September 1993), "Has beans. -Why we have stopped eating our vegetables-", Sydney Morning Herald. Good Weekend (11 Sept 1993): 38–40, 43, ISSN 1323-1979
  • Bagnall, Diana (5 March 1996), "Vitamin deficiencies. -Not only is the pill approach to staying healthy too simplistic, in some cases it is too risky-", Bulletin (Sydney) (5 Mar 1996): 14–17, ISSN 1440-7485
  • Crisp, Lyndall; Day, Annabel (2004), "Big fat profits...and the big fat argument", Australian Financial Review (17–18 Jan 2004): 15–17, ISSN 0404-2018