Rice Diet, a celebrity diet program, was shut down after 70 years. The North Carolina weight loss facility was closed and put up for sale last November. According to United Press International on Sept. 10, 2013, the Duke University Medical Center program was popular with many famous people.
Shelley Winters, Lorne Green and Buddy Hackett made their way to Durham, N.C. in their heydays to take part in the program, and it became one of the best-known diet centers in the country.
The Rice Diet was a nutrition plan based on eating both rice and fruit. The intention was to treat a number of ailments including kidney disease and high blood pressure before modern medicines were developed to help manage this. The regimen is low in sodium, protein and saturated fats.
Rice Diet was started in 1939 by Dr. Walter Kempner. After his death in 2002, Kitty Gurkin Rosati released a series of cookbooks in an effort to revive the program. In 2012 the center's doors were closed and her husband and owner, Dr. Robert Rosati, put it up for sale. Several potential buyers were found, but none were able to reach a deal.
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