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article imageDukan Diet creator tells government to grade students on weight

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 5, 2012 in Health
Millions have tried the high protein Dukan Diet, but its creator's latest ideas have not gone down as well as his diet. In a book released on Jan. 5., Dr. Dukan proposed that school children should be given higher grades if they maintain an ideal weight.
France's acclaimed diet guru Dr. Pierre Dukan, creator of the hugely popular Dukan Diet, has provoked outrage by recommending that students should be graded on their weight. His controversial proposals were outlined in a book published on Thursday, entitled "An Open Letter to the Future President." Whilst Dr. Dukan claims his proposals are made in a bid to tackle obesity, they have been slammed as a publicity stunt.
Dr. Dukan proposes that school children in France be awarded higer grades in their baccalaureat exams if they maintain an ideal body mass index (BMI). According to Naharnet he said using grades is "a good way to sensitize teenagers to the need for a balanced diet."
The proposals have not gone down well with the French Health Ministry which said it was "astonished at Dr Dukan's strange proposal that is unknowingly physically discriminatory." (The Telegraph) A government spokesman said the baccalaureat is "a test of skills and knowledge, not of health." The proposals have also been criticized as likely to stigmatise children who are overweight.
Ironically France boasts the lowest obesity rates in Europe.
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