The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 February 2004

So much at steak

Poor old Dr Atkins. Poor old fat, dead Dr Atkins.

This is the crux of the high-carb biscuit:

Dr Atkins weighed more than 18st when he died after a fall on an icy footpath in New York last April.

The post-mortem report was revealed in the Wall Street Journal, which received it from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which opposes the Atkins Diet.

Eighteen stone equals 252 pounds.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, apparently, is a front group for PETA, which certainly explains why they'd oppose the Atkins Diet.

Remind me to grill a rib-eye this evening.

Posted at 1:22 PM to Dyssynergy


New York City's Mayor Bloomberg recently apologized to Atkins's widow after the media revealed he'd disparaged the Atkins diet in conversation with firefighters and called the doctor "fat."

Posted by: Dawn at 1:38 PM on 10 February 2004

Mayor Bloomberg may also need to apologize for the fact his city's medical examiner released Dr. Atkins's medical records without his next-of-kin's permission.

Posted by: McGehee at 1:59 PM on 10 February 2004

heard on radio, of course not verified: Dr Atkins lay in coma for weeks between the fall and his death; coma was responsible for massive weight gain. He weighed a lot less when he entered the coma.

Posted by: Fûz at 11:39 PM on 10 February 2004

Yes, they said that upon entering the hospital he weighed a mere 195 and that after receiving IV fluids his increase was mostly "water" weight.

Posted by: ms7168 at 10:57 AM on 11 February 2004