Kate's doctor feels a squeeze

Mar 28, 2012, 11:49 IST | Agencies

Dr Pierre Dukan, dietician responsible for Kate's weight loss, faces ethics charge after saying thin kids should get higher marks

The celebrity nutritionist was yesterday accused of breaching medical ethics for saying slimmer pupils should be awarded higher exam marks than their fatter friends.

Losing the pounds: Experts have branded Dr Dukan’s method of weight loss, which Kate used, as a ‘health hazard’ due to its low vegetable intake. Pic/AFP.
Dr Dukan said in January that pupils should be able to opt for an extra exam subject called ‘ideal weight’, which they could pass simply by being thin enough.
They would then earn extra marks in their Baccalaureate, the French equivalent of A-levels, which they take at the age of 17.
But the French College of Physicians yesterday lodged a complaint against Dr Dukan for ‘remarks which could harm teenagers already struggling with obesity or anorexia’.
The French College of Physicians said Dr Dukan was in breach of article 13 of the medical ethics code, which states, “A doctor must be aware of the repercussions his views can have on the public.”
Dr. Pierre Dukan. Pic/AFP.
However, Dr Dukan defended his plans to reward slimmer pupils with higher marks, after his scheme came  under attack from the French media in January.
He said, “There is nothing unhealthy about educating youngsters  about nutrition. My idea would change nothing for those who have no need to get thinner. But for those who do, it would only motivate them to lose weight.”
Fans of Dr Dukan
The popularity of Dr Dukan’s high-protein diet soared after Carole Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother, revealed she had been following it. Other celebrity followers include Pippa Middleton, Jennifer Lopez, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Katherine Jenkins.

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