AKA Robert Coleman Atkins
Birthplace: Columbus, OH
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Accident - Fall
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Atkins Diet doctor
Atkins' 1972 diet was revolutionary, and in direct opposition to the conventional wisdom of dieticians: lower carbohydrates, and increase meat and fat. While one would lose weight on such a diet, most of the loss is from water and muscle mass. The former is pointless and the latter can be dangerous. These inconvenient facts did not stop the public from buying 30 million of his books.
He suffered a heart attack in 2002, but one that he claimed was unrelated to diet. Atkins died after he purportedly slipped on a sidewalk in New York City, sustaining a brain injury. At the time of his death, Dr. Atkins weighed 258 pounds, and at his height of six feet, the U.S. government considers him obese.
Atkins' widow, Veronica, became furious at the release of her husband's records.
University: University of Michigan (1951)
Medical School: MD, Cornell University (1955)
Heart Attack 2002
Author of books:
Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution (1972, diet)
Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (1992, diet)
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