Milestones Apr. 28, 2003

DIED. ROBERT ATKINS, 72, influential, hackle-raising weight-loss guru; of severe head injuries from a fall on an icy sidewalk on April 8; in New York City. He bucked convention in his 1972 best seller Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution, which advised dieters to trash the fruit salad in favor of high-protein, high-fat goodies like bacon cheeseburgers and butter, arguing that without carbohydrates to burn, the body would burn its own fat. Many of the 30 million who have tried the diet swear by it. But his regimen rankled mainstream medical groups, which called it extreme and said it could have dangerous health...

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