AR-News: (US) Atkins' records spark another diet fight
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Tue Feb 10 19:10:58 EST 2004
NEW YORK (AP) The debate over Dr. Robert Atkins' popular high-fat,
low-carb diet flared posthumously Tuesday when it was learned that Atkins
himself was a bloated 258 pounds at his death.
A city medical examiner's report filed after Atkins' 2003 death from a
fall showed the 6-foot doctor was at a weight normally considered obese. A
physicians group that is highly critical of the diet released details of
the report, claiming the Atkins diet led to weight and heart troubles for
its 72-year-old creator.
Atkins' allies immediately disputed that.
Physicians for Responsible Medicine, the group that released the report
and promotes a vegetarian diet, acknowledged that fluid retention may have
been responsible for some of Atkins' weight gain, but probably not all of
it. The group maintains that the Atkins diet poses weight and health risks
to the millions who follow it.
Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, declined to
comment on the report, which she said was erroneously released to a doctor
in Nebraska who requested it and apparently gave it to the vegetarian group.
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