Rosemary Stanton

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Rosemary Stanton

Rosemary Alison Finley

(1944-06-05) June 5, 1944 (age 74)
OccupationNutritionist and dietician
Known forRaising public awareness of public health food issues
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Photograph of Rosemary Stanton, n.d.

Rosemary Alison Stanton (née Finley) (born, 5 June 1944, Sydney, New South Wales) (OAM) is an Australian nutritionist and dietician.[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] She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1998 for her services to community health.[4] She has been awarded with 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 1962-66 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 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, A C P Computer Publications, 119 (6275): 28(4), ISSN 1440-7485
  4. ^ "It's an Honour - Honours - Search Australian Honours". 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". 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, Dietitians Association of Australia, 62 (1): 54(1), ISSN 1446-6368
  8. ^ Thornton, Mark (5 November 2001), "Experts debate merits of organic, conventional food.", Food Chemical News, Agra Informa, Inc, 43 (38): 16, ISSN 0015-6337
  9. ^ 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