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'Atkins a victim of his own diet'

Source: PTI
February 10, 2004 21:53 IST
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America's most famous diet guru, Dr Robert Atkins, who died recently aged 72 due to a head injury sustained from a fall while walking, was a victim of his own advice, according to doctors.

The 'Atkins Diet' assured Americans that what they like to do is best for their health, namely, limit the intake of carbohydrates and eat more meat and cheese.

The medical examiner's report showed that Dr Atkins hid a history of heart attack, congestive heart problems and hypertension and weighed 258 pounds at his death, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group that advocates a vegetarian diet and has long been critical of the Atkins approach, sent the report to The Journal.

Dr Atkins's supporters still claim that his diet had nothing to do with his overweight condition or his medical problems.

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