An Australian nutritionist and author of several bestsellers had to recall her latest book after using an offensive term and spicing a lot of outrage among readers. The woman referred to Down’s syndrome as mongolism, term which is no longer used to describe the condition. Many people condemned her for it, so she had to publicly apologize and recall about 20,000 copies of the book.
The nutritionist used to offensive term mongolism to refer to Down’s syndrome
Libby Weaver had recently published her latest book, called What Am I Supposed to Eat?. There, she used the word mongolism to refer to Down’s syndrome, although this term is no longer used when talking about the condition, and is deemed offensive. As a result, many people were outraged, and loudly expressed their disapproval towards the nutritionist.
When seeing the intense reactions this situation had caused, the woman was profoundly affected by the thought that she could have caused someone so much distress. In her defense, she declared that she wasn’t aware the term mongolism was no longer used in a medical setting.
The woman apologized and decided to recall the book
Before the 1980s, mongolism was the standard denomination for Down’s syndrome. However, now it has been abandoned, and most people regard it as offensive and derogatory against the individuals who confront with the condition. The same facts were brought to Weaver’s attention, and she was shocked that she made such a huge mistake.
Therefore, she decided to issue a recall on the book. She informed all those who had already purchased a copy that they could return it, and they would receive a refund. Dr. Ellen Skladzien, member of Down Syndrome Australia, said that the association is glad to see that the author admitted this wasn’t a wise choice of words, and that she decided to recall the book.
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