As a result of injuries sustained in a fall on April 8th, the well-known nutrition guru Dr. Robert Atkins passed away this past Friday. Dr. Atkins was best known for his controversial, yet often lauded, approach to dieting and staying healthy. After he moved to New York to start his medical practice, he noticed that he rapidly gained weight, soon tipping the scales at 225 pounds. After reading an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1963 that focused on the fat-causing effects of carbohydrates, he replaced his own intake of carbs and sugar with foods that were high in protein. Several years later in 1972, he published his book, Dr. Atkins" Diet Revolution, which quickly became a best-seller. Despite the popular support and testimonials that praised the diet, many in the medical establishment remained unconvinced. Currently, the National Institutes of Health are conducting a long-term study of the effects of the Atkins Diet.
The first link will take users to a news piece from USA Today about the life of Dr. Atkins. The second link will take users to an obituary for Dr. Atkins from today's Chicago Sun-Times. The third link leads to the Atkins Center Web page, which features photographs of the late Doctor, along with information about his philosophy on dieting and nutrition. The fourth link leads to an online article from Medline Plus discussing a recent review of medical studies dating back to the 1960s that appears to indicate that cutting carbohydrates from the diet is not an effective way to lose weight. The fifth link leads to a complete text-version of this review from the Journal of the American Medical Association. The final link leads to the dietary guidelines for Americans, developed at the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion within the United States Department of Agriculture.