By Laura Katsirdakis
Why is the Atkins diet so pervasive? Why has it gained such
incredible popularity and widespread use? Conspiracy theory
has found the answer.
The shining Atkins legacy was tainted by news that Robert
Atkins, the creator of the popular diet, was obese when he
passed away last April. Atkins, who followed his own diet,
died at 72 from injuries he sustained from a fall while jogging.
After his death, theWall Street Journal obtained medical records
showing he was obese and had congestive hearth failure and
Atkins’ widow reacted by publicly stating her husband’s
condition was not caused by his diet. She has good reason to
defend him. Other diet gurus have seen their empires collapse
after their founders died with similar health problems.
When Atkins initially published his low carb diet suggestions
in a 1972 book, the American Medical Association stated his
plan was “without scientific merit.” When a second
book promoting the diet was published in 1999, Atkins was able
to sell over 10 million copies and even launched a line of
50 food products and over 100 nutritional supplements.
What’s this mean? Another news item that has been floating
around persistently since 1999 has been the mad cow breakouts.
In Europe, and more recently in North America, the discovery
of cattle infected with mad cow put a strain on the industry
that led mainstream media to speculate about the onset of vegetarianism
as a result of the outbreaks.
What better way to bolster the beef industry than to promote
the growth and popularity of a diet that directs people to
eat more meat.
Crazy, you say? How often is it that fad diets reach a level
of popularity so widespread that restaurants start adding menu
items specifically catered to them?