July 7, 2002, Sunday
What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?
By Gary Taubes (NYT)
If the members of the American medical establishment were to have a collective
find-yourself-standing-naked-in-Times-Square-type nightmare, this might be it. They spend 30 years
ridiculing Robert Atkins, author of the phenomenally-best-selling ”Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution” and ”Dr.
Atkins’ New Diet Revolution,” accusing the Manhattan doctor of quackery and fraud, only to discover that the unrepentant Atkins was right all along. Or maybe it’s this: they find that their very own dietary recommendations — eat less fat and more carbohydrates — are the cause of the rampaging epidemic of obesity in America. Or, just possibly this: they find out both of the above are true.