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GPs' secret codes on benefits

Eight out of 10 GPs blame celebrities promoting fad diets for contributing to the poor state of patients' eating habits.

A survey by Norwich Union Healthcare said celebrities talking about diets in the media mislead and confuse the public.

Dr Ann Robinson, spokeswoman for the panel of GPs interviewed and a GP in Finchley, north London, said: 'Celebrities are not nutritionists, many are actually under-weight and under-nourished. Healthy eating is not about drastically reducing your calorie intake in order to lose weight but is about eating a variety of the right kind of foods in the right amounts.'

But while dieting celebrities are criticised, of the 203 GPs that took part eight out of 10 backed TV programmes such as Jamie Oliver's School Dinners and You Are What You Eat for highlighting the dangers of a poor diet.

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