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Zeta-Jones: Atkins Diet Claims Are Lies
The Smoking Gun ^ | 11/07/2003 | The Smoking Gun

Posted on 11/12/2003 12:15:40 PM PST by Yeti

NOVEMBER 10--Fresh from a $24,000 victory over the British tab that published her wedding photos, Catherine Zeta-Jones is fixing for her next legal fight--this time, if you can believe it, over published reports that the Academy Award winner shed pounds via the Atkins diet.

In a warning letter sent last week to media outlets (see below), lawyers for Zeta-Jones assert that "her likeness and persona have been improperly linked" to the popular diet in press accounts, adding that the weight loss program "has been derided by nutritionists and other health care officials for decades." By incorrectly reporting that Zeta-Jones "uses and/or endorses the Atkins diet," the letter states, publications are "falsely representing to the average reader, including many young women who look up to my client and admire her beautiful appearance, that Ms. Zeta-Jones would recommend this diet to any person looking to lose weight."

Claiming that an association with Atkins could hurt Zeta-Jones's ability to land endorsement deals for "health-related products, attorney John H. Lavely noted, "In essence, my client is being made to look as if she's more concerned about her outward appearance than she is with serious health concerns."

While publications like the New York Post and London's Sunday Telegraph have claimed Zeta-Jones to be an Atkins devotee, an October 20 People magazine story reported that, "a source close to the famously curvy star" knocked down the diet stories, noting that the actress "eats what she wants" and exercises regularly.

Richard Rothstein, spokesman for the Atkins Nutritional Institution, told TSG that the company has not been contacted by Zeta-Jones's lawyers. "It's never been our policy to seek celebrity endorsements," Rothstein said. "Where tabloids get their info is a complete mystery to us." (2 pages)


Click to the source to see the actual letter, which is interesting. First paragraph of the second page: they seem to think this false association was orchestrated.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: atkins; atkinsdiet; diet; dowd; exercise; health; lowcarb; zetajones
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Eats what she wants and exercises regularly, eh? Sounds like good advice to me.
1 posted on 11/12/2003 12:15:40 PM PST by Yeti
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To: Yeti
Wasn't it reported that she brings her award to the dinner table?

She annoys me.
2 posted on 11/12/2003 12:16:58 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Forth now, and fear no darkness!")
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To: Yeti
I don't blame her for this. You really aren't supposed to fake getting commercial endorsements, and you have to protect your name from that kind of stuff.
3 posted on 11/12/2003 12:18:07 PM PST by krb (the statement on the other side of this tagline is false)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
Hard to believe Michael Douglas left Maureen Dowd for this chick--NOT!!!


4 posted on 11/12/2003 12:19:13 PM PST by Callahan
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To: Yeti
I eat what I want and as much as I want and never gain an ounce. It just so happens that everything I really love is Atkins-friendly. I thought from the headline that this was going to be another Slam-Atkins piece, but what it's really all about are endorsement deals. In particular, it appears that a pending deal might be potentially queered by the stories, which would 'splain the timing of this suit.

Michael

5 posted on 11/12/2003 12:20:00 PM PST by Wright is right! (Never get excited about ANYTHING by the way it looks from behind.)
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To: Callahan
Good to see rules are rules.
6 posted on 11/12/2003 12:20:58 PM PST by techcor (If your'e not reading my post, why are you reading my tag line?)
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To: Callahan
He was married to Mo Do?

I was not aware.

He definitely traded up.
7 posted on 11/12/2003 12:21:49 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Forth now, and fear no darkness!")
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To: techcor
what rules?
8 posted on 11/12/2003 12:22:25 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Forth now, and fear no darkness!")
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To: Yeti
No one's going to report anything on this gal for fear they'll be sued! Note large tote bag for settlements.


Hollywood celebrity couple Catherine Zeta-Jones (L) and Michael Douglas were awarded 14,600 pounds after telling the High Court that they were 'devastated, shocked and appalled' that photographers had gatecrashed their wedding.(AFP/File/Nicolas Asfouri)

9 posted on 11/12/2003 12:22:31 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Yeti; Maven
Here are the serious health problems I've encountered since going low-carb, and then Atkins, in April:Oh! If only I had had a Hollywood actress to save me from all that misery! Oh!

< /blistering sarcasm >

Dan
10 posted on 11/12/2003 12:22:53 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Yeti
"a source close to the famously curvy star" knocked down the diet stories..."

OK. Someone had to post it.


11 posted on 11/12/2003 12:24:26 PM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: BibChr
Did you change your activities or exercise habits at all?
12 posted on 11/12/2003 12:26:05 PM PST by Yeti
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
rules pertain to posting photos when certain 'subjects' are brought up. CZJ is one. Her photos will also accompany inane articles by Maureen Dowd. There are others, but I think you get it now.
13 posted on 11/12/2003 12:27:30 PM PST by bk1000 (listed on federal no tag line list.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Hollywood celebrity couple Catherine Zeta-Jones (L) and Michael Douglas

Good thing they put that "(L)" in there. I might never have guessed which was Douglas....

14 posted on 11/12/2003 12:29:53 PM PST by thulldud (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: Yeti
AFTER starting the diet, yes.

If you had said, "The only way to lose weight is by exercise," that would have simply been another "reason" not to diet. No energy, moving hurt and was no fun at all, so forget exercise.

But AFTER I started low-carbing, after the first few rough days, I experienced a startling improvement in energy level and overall good-feeling. So I started gradually ramping up my activity level, using stairs instead of elevators, parking further and further away, etc.

Dan
15 posted on 11/12/2003 12:30:31 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Ditto
bbbbbump...
16 posted on 11/12/2003 12:31:31 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: thulldud
Good thing they put that "(L)" in there.

That stands for "Liberal" party. They should also have listed this as Michael Douglas (L-CA)

17 posted on 11/12/2003 12:33:01 PM PST by 1Old Pro (ESPN now has 4 little wimpy sissies left. I'm switching back to FOX.)
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To: Ditto
Holy moly!

Thank you!
18 posted on 11/12/2003 12:33:02 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Forth now, and fear no darkness!")
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To: thulldud
LOL. Time for old Michael to get a jowl life.

BTW he looks a little down in the mouth. Pretty is as pretty does.

19 posted on 11/12/2003 12:33:48 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Callahan
Oh sure, post pictures of her!
She is so beautiful, my hubby drools over her! :-)
20 posted on 11/12/2003 12:34:18 PM PST by ladyinred (Talk about a revolution, look at California!!! We dumped Davis!!!)
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To: thulldud
jowl life = jowl lift
21 posted on 11/12/2003 12:34:24 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Wright is right!
I eat what I want and as much as I want and never gain an ounce.

You know what Richard Simmons says about people like you don't you? :-)

22 posted on 11/12/2003 12:35:32 PM PST by ladyinred (Talk about a revolution, look at California!!! We dumped Davis!!!)
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To: Yeti
adding that the weight loss program "has been derided by nutritionists and other health care officials for decades."

All the more reason for me and the wife to try it, that and the fact that the animal rights wackos hate all the meat and dairy consumption associated with it.

For the record, I'm losing over 10 pounds a month. Hope to hit 50 by Christmas (and I haven't touched the kids' Halloween candy).

23 posted on 11/12/2003 12:35:43 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
Make a comment or post about a beautiful woman and you better post pictures. It's one of the oldest rules . Try doing it sometime without posting pictures and you'll see how many replies you get reminding you of "THE rule".
24 posted on 11/12/2003 12:42:41 PM PST by techcor (If your'e not reading my post, why are you reading my tag line?)
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To: techcor; bk1000
Duly noted.

Here's my contribution:


25 posted on 11/12/2003 12:44:29 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Forth now, and fear no darkness!")
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
Good rule, huh?
26 posted on 11/12/2003 12:44:30 PM PST by techcor (If your'e not reading my post, why are you reading my tag line?)
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To: techcor
I can dig it
27 posted on 11/12/2003 12:45:22 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Forth now, and fear no darkness!")
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To: Yeti
The most beautiful woman in Hollyweird!
28 posted on 11/12/2003 12:47:20 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: techcor
All hail the rule. The rule is good. The rule is right. Long live the rule.
29 posted on 11/12/2003 12:48:31 PM PST by BadAndy
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To: Yeti
I thought she lost weight by smoking while she was pregnant
30 posted on 11/12/2003 12:50:26 PM PST by 4everontheRight (GW'04 - Rice"08)
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To: BibChr
So that means I would have to give up:

Hershey Kisses

Ritz crackers

Newcastle Brown Ale/Fat Tire Ale

Grilled Tuna on wheat

Sausage, Egg and cheese McGridle(s)

Fur Cryin' Out Loud! - What CAN I eat?

31 posted on 11/12/2003 1:03:30 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: muleskinner
What CAN I eat?

Grilled Tuna

Sausage, Egg and cheese

32 posted on 11/12/2003 1:16:02 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (Freedom isn't Free - Support the Troops & Vets!!)
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To: BibChr
I was surprised to see a recent ranking of diets that showed that people on Atkins lowered bad cholesterol, increased the good, and reduced risk of heart disease by 12%, better than the Dean Ornish diet lol !

It has been awhile, but I think I may give it another try.
33 posted on 11/12/2003 1:26:33 PM PST by SalukiLawyer
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To: BibChr
But AFTER I started low-carbing, after the first few rough days, I experienced a startling improvement in energy level and overall good-feeling. So I started gradually ramping up my activity level, using stairs instead of elevators, parking further and further away, etc.

That kind of synergy, where the pain of exercise gives way to the benefits of exercise, which in turn give rise to an increased activity level and more enthusiastic exercise, is experienced by almost everyone who moves from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active one.

Many people(who may not have exercised for years and years) try jogging or going to the gym and experience an excrutiating agony that lasts for a week. It's unfortunate that they might become dicouraged and not continue, thinking that they will continue to endure that pain if they coninue to exercise. Once you get past that first week-or-two hump, the pleasures from exercise quickly begin to outweigh the pains.

Congrats on the successful move to better overall health. : )

34 posted on 11/12/2003 1:31:54 PM PST by Yeti
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To: ladyinred
Mine, too. He was very disappointed when she married Grandpop :-).
35 posted on 11/12/2003 1:42:16 PM PST by Tax-chick (Who needs pictures when you can have words?)
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To: Yeti
In my role as webmistress of the Low-Carb Savvy Shopper site </plug>, I've been daily gathering articles related to low-carb diets. It's very funny, but you can immediately spot an article that came from a British publication: It almost always identifies the Atkins diet by which celebrities are on it. Here are some of the latest articles I have from British pubs:

The American press, OTOH, simply covers Atkins because so many Americans follow it. The American stories tend to be driven by the fact that a new low-carb store is opening up in town, or that several restaurants are reporting that more & more customers are pushing the breadbasket away & asking the waitress to "Atkinize" their order.

Question: When you heard about the Atkins diet, was it because of some celebrity, or was it word of mouth from someone real?

Question #2: Who the heck is Geri Halliwell?

36 posted on 11/12/2003 1:54:28 PM PST by jennyp (http://lowcarbshopper.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: BibChr
Hypertinkliasis - Excessive peeing?
37 posted on 11/12/2003 2:01:00 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: jennyp
Who the heck is Geri Halliwell?

I think it's one of the Spice Girls, the formerly popular "singing" group.

38 posted on 11/12/2003 2:04:11 PM PST by Tax-chick (Who needs pictures when you can have words?)
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To: savedbygrace
Bingo.

Quite the etymologist!

(c;
39 posted on 11/12/2003 2:04:20 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr
I was jest kidding. I couldn't find the word in Merriam-Webster's Online, and Google came up totally empty.

So, you could be pulling my leg even now and I wouldn't have a clue.

40 posted on 11/12/2003 2:17:19 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: savedbygrace
No no, I made it up, and you figured it out! That's it!
41 posted on 11/12/2003 2:23:11 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: SalukiLawyer
A gal I work with started Atkins last May and recently had blood work done as part of her physical. The analyst sent her a letter stating her high and low cholestoral counts were excellent and to keep doing whatever it is she's doing. I keep asking her if she's sent a return letter yet to tell them it's all due to Atkins because it would just make some heads spin! :o)
42 posted on 11/12/2003 2:23:51 PM PST by Ladysmith (Low-carbing works!! (223.0 (-37.6)))
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To: BibChr
What do I win? ;-)
43 posted on 11/12/2003 2:25:42 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: Ladysmith
...grrr!...Bad Girl!, Bad!!

cholesterol

44 posted on 11/12/2003 2:29:55 PM PST by Ladysmith (Low-carbing works!! (223.0 (-37.6)))
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To: muleskinner
I think Michelob has a new light beer that is low-carb. It's only like 2.6 grams per bottle or something.

Probably doesn't compare to your favorite ale, though.
45 posted on 11/12/2003 2:30:25 PM PST by webstersII
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To: savedbygrace
You get to make up your own word!
46 posted on 11/12/2003 2:58:03 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr
Who do you think I am, the president?
47 posted on 11/12/2003 7:30:47 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: jennyp
For decades Dr. Atkins had promoted a diet that defied common sense. Nevertheless, millions of people believed in his bizarre diet practice, and he was referred to as a diet guru. Ironically his death could now provide proof of just how dangerous that diet really is in promoting heart disease.

Dr. Atkins was operated on by surgeons to remove a blood clot to relieve pressure in his brain, on April 9, 2003, after slipping on an icy sidewalk outside his New York office, however it is interesting to note that blood clots from injuries and operations are common with people who have excessively high cholesterol. It is one of the reasons that doctors check their patients blood before an operation. Determining a safe level of cholesterol prior to an operation is critical in preventing potential blood clots and evaluating the possible success of an operation. The fact that Dr. Atkins developed a blood clot from his injury is evidence that he could have been suffering from extremely high cholesterol.

There was more even evidence to show he had unusually high cholesterol. As recently as April 2002, Dr. Atkins was hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest. He still refused to believe that this heart problem had anything to do with his diet when he stated, "...in no way related to diet."


source http://www.healthyguy.com/atkins/

(this should PO you Atkinsbots)
48 posted on 11/12/2003 7:37:44 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Peace through Strength)
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To: freedumb2003
There was more even evidence to show he had unusually high cholesterol. As recently as April 2002, Dr. Atkins was hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest. He still refused to believe that this heart problem had anything to do with his diet when he stated, "...in no way related to diet."

He probably refused to believe it had anything to do with his diet because that's what his own doctor said.

49 posted on 11/12/2003 10:24:48 PM PST by jennyp (http://lowcarbshopper.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: freedumb2003
The fact that Dr. Atkins developed a blood clot from his injury is evidence that he could have been suffering from extremely high cholesterol.

How how high is too high? And how come I'm still alive & healthy 4 years, 1 month into my low-carb diet?

JennyP's numbers since going on a low-carb diet
Date Mos.
into diet
Weight BMI Total HDL LDL Total/HDL Triglycerides
10/20/99 0 163 24.8 unknown - wish I had tested beforehand
4/21/00 6 147 22.3 244 76 158 3.2 48
3/20/01 17 156 23.7 241 74 149 3.3 90
5/15/02 31 154 23.4 219 78 128 2.8 66
6/09/03 44 141 21.4 233 77 143 3.0 66
11/12/03
(today)
49 139 21.1

After losing 1 lb per week, I plateaued at 16 lbs below starting weight. Then I drifted upwards over the next year to around 8 lbs below starting weight & stayed there for a year. Then I cut out peanuts & ice cream (we couldn't resist giving ourselves bigger & bigger portions of both!) & my weight drifted back down again. (Currently at 139 lbs, 24 lbs below starting weight).

Maybe I should take bets on when I'll have my heart attack. Gotta be Real Soon Now... :-)

50 posted on 11/12/2003 10:37:07 PM PST by jennyp (http://lowcarbshopper.bestmessageboard.com)
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