Justin Bieber told a doctor to ‘f— off’ on Instagram after the expert challenged his ‘food is medicine’ post

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Justin Bieber posted the message: “The right healthy food is actually medicine.”

  • Justin Bieber told a doctor to “f— off” after he corrected the singer’s Instagram post that told fans “healthy food is medicine.”

  • The Canadian singer shared the advice with fans in a post to Instagram that read: “The right healthy food is actually medicine,” and in the caption below, he encouraged anyone who is dealing with anxiety or depression to change their diet.

  • However, Dr Joshua Wolrich, a British surgical doctor, challenged Bieber’s post, warning him that although the “intention behind this post is good,” it could potentially be quite harmful to his fans.

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Justin Bieber told a doctor to “literally f— off” after he corrected the singer’s Instagram post that told fans “healthy food is medicine.”

The 26-year-old singer shared the advice with fans in a post that read: “The right healthy food is actually medicine,” and in the caption below, he encouraged anyone who is dealing with anxiety or depression to try and change their diet.

He wrote, initially: “If you are feeling anxious or depressed a lot of it has to do with your diet! Try changing up your diet! It has helped me so much !!!”

However, Dr Joshua Wolrich, a British surgical doctor who hosts a podcast titled “Cut Through Nutrition,” challenged Bieber’s post warning him that although the “intention behind this post is good,” it could potentially be quite harmful to his fans.

Wolrich wrote: “Food is many, many things but it’s not medicine. That’s not to say it isn’t important – it provides us with nutrition and energy to thrive, but it has its limitations. Anxiety and depression is very rarely as a result of food intake. Mental health is complex and boiling is down to the privilege of food choices is incorrect and stigmatising for those who struggle with it on a daily basis.”

He continued: “For any of you who read this and felt a sense of guilt that if only you changed your food you wouldn’t struggle with mental health… please know that’s not accurate. You are doing a fantastic job – do not compare yourself to a celebrity with all the capacity for change and privilege in the world x.”

Bieber saw the doctor’s comments and posted them onto his Instagram story with the caption: “Bro literally f— off lol.”



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Wolrich said that soon after Bieber’s response he was inundated with messages from the singer’s fans, but he decided to double down and posted a follow-up video explaining exactly why the singer’s comments could be dangerous.

In the video, he said: “Food can’t cure cancer and people that go on juicing diets to try and cure their leukaemia die. We know that. When you say ‘food is medicine’ you’re also propagating that.”

 

Since then, Wolrich said that he and Bieber have spoken privately, which led to the singer changing the caption of his initial post. It now reads: “If you are feeling anxious or depressed it can often have a lot to do with our diet! Try changing up your diet! It has helped me so much !!!”



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“Movement in the right direction, even if it’s with the addition of the smallest amount to [sic] nuance possible, is better than nothing,” Wolrich reflected on the caption change.

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