Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Weight Loss & Dieting

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

See also

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.



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!