Discrimination Or A Health Push To Stay Lean?
January 2nd is the traditional day to start thinking about diets and getting into shape. It was the perfect day for Dr. Dukan, the French nutritionist and author of the best-selling books on the Dukan diet to launch his idea on how to slow down obesity in French teenagers. He chose this date to send an open letter to French President Sarkozy promoting a unique way to gain extra points for French students taking the strenuous end of high school test, called le baccalauréat.
An Anti-Obesity Plan Or Coy Marketing Scheme?
The main nitty-gritty of Dukan’s plan is to encourage French teenagers not to pass the overweight limit of 25 BMI during their last two years of high school. The goal is for the student to stay within the 18-25 BMI the baccalauréat candidate gains extra points toward their last score. The subject would be weighed twice a year and those opting into the program would receive six hours of extra information on nutrition, cooking and exercise. Hmmm, one wonders if the information would be unbiased or focusing on Dukan’s food plan? As Dukan proclaims as a measure to not discriminate, those outside the ideal range of 18-25 BMI but progressing towards this healthy range would also gain some points.
Is this scheme a marketing tool to promote Dukan’s name in the press, especially on the first week of January where diets are ‘à la mode?’
Or could this be a positive way to encourage young adults to stay in a healthy weight?
Shout out your thoughts in the comment section. Même en français-! Je peut les traduire.
As the final note the French Education Minister found Mr. Dukan’s proposition surprising and added that le baccalauréat is about testing knowledge, not a health exam. Very little chance this will be passing the exam.
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