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Dukan diet doctor criticized for advertising low-carb weight loss program

Eat all you want on the Dukan diet.
Eat all you want on the Dukan diet.
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Pierre Dukan, who launched the low-carb diet bearing his name, has been removed from the medical register in France. The national medical board decided to ban him from their records because he had "promoted his slimming diet commercially," reported the Guardian on Jan. 26.

The French medical board specifically states that medical practices cannot become commercial ventures. Dukan was first asked to leave voluntarily for two reasons:

  • He promoted his Dukan diet for profit.
  • He urged that schoolchildren be educated on diets and regularly weighed, then given points based on their progress.

The Dukan diet company released this statement on Jan. 29: "After nearly 50 years as a practicing physician, Dr. Dukan retired from practice in 2011 and requested to be removed from the medical register in France in May 2012 in order to fully concentrate his efforts on fighting the global obesity epidemic."

Similar to the Atkins low-carb diet, the Dukan diet is documented in books, including "The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever" (click for details). In addition, the physician authored a cookbook "The Dukan Diet Cookbook: The Essential Companion to the Dukan Diet."

It's attracted many celebrities for its quick weight loss results, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. Gisele and Jennifer Lopez both reportedly have used it, and Kate Middleton as well as her mother chose the Dukan diet to shed for her royal wedding.

Based on that publicity, Dr. Dukan recently has expanded his weight loss empire to include foods such as Dukan Diet Oat Bran Cookies and weight loss supplements such as Dukan Diet Whoosh Herbal Diuretic.