AR-News: Atkins Diet criticised by nutritionists

Andrew Gach unclewolf at
Fri Aug 15 15:41:34 EDT 2003

LONDON (Reuters) - The long-term health consequences of high-profile diets like the Atkins diet are still unknown and most diets don't work, experts warned Tuesday. 

"The idea that everyone (who suffers from weight problems) should be doing high protein, low carbohydrate diets would be negative," Dr. Susan Jebb, head of the Human Nutrition Research told a news conference. 

"We simply don't know the long term impact on health." 

Health psychologist Dr Jane Ogden told reporters that between 95 and 99 percent of people who dieted regained the weight they lost as soon as they finished their diets. 

The only real solution to obesity lay in prevention, she said. 

The Atkins diet has generated a wave of publicity recently due to its use by celebrities. It involves eating a lot of protein but low levels of carbohydrate. 

Nutritionists say they are worried that the new breed of fast-weight-cutter diets have replaced old regimes of physical exercise and sensible eating.

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