Slimmer school pupils should be awarded higher exam marks than their fatter friends, says celebrity diet guru Dukan.
Slimmer pupils should be awarded higher exam marks than their fatter peers, according to celebrity diet guru Pierre Dukan.
The French nutritionist put forward the outlandish idea to President Nicolas Sarcoxie this week, among a range of other proposals to encourage the population to lose weight.
Dr Dukan, whose high-protein diet has a swathe of celebrity followers, believes students should be able to opt for an extra exam subject called ‘ideal weight’.
It is with some anger and trepidation that I read this. While I am all for healthy bodies and ideal weight, I am so against the concept of segregating children for being overweight when clearly, let’s face it, their eating patterns will largely be inherited from their parents.
After recently losing a lot of weight, I know how hard it is and how easy it is to put it on. It is not about a celebrity fad diet, it is about changing your relationship with food by really examining the reasons that you eat in the first place.
So if we want to tackle childhood obesity it is about teaching children about nutrition, about emotional intelligence and helping them learn how to break eating patterns that they may have inherited. It is not about making one child feel better than the other because they are slimmer.
Dr Dukan, do I sense a PR stunt here?