A lot of diet plans that have been introduced in the market like South Beach and Atkins that had their share of the spotlight, but one of the earlier diet programs, particularly the Rice Diet that started in the 1930s, has closed its doors and said goodbye to its weight-loss patients.
The idea of this Rice Diet has come from its founder, Dr. Walter Kempner. It was originally designed to prevent the risk of diabetes, high-blood pressure, as well as heart disease. However, since it also had a huge effect on weight loss, it has become popular with a lot of celebrities during the period. The program’s success back in those days resulted in a partnership with Dr. Kempner and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, the venue where he ran one of the first ever weight-loss clinics there.
Despite of the program’s early success, it has faced a lot of overwhelming obstacles in the long run. The writer of the series of books on Rice Diet, Kitty Rosati has said that the business experienced the greatest challenge during the recession period. She also added that her husband, Dr. Robert Rosati, who was then the owner of the Rice Diet Program brand, was “ready to retire.”
Aside from these reasons, there was also the advent of different scientific discoveries on weight loss during that time. This has resulted in an increase in competition. Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has said that people have constantly looked for what’s the hottest, latest, and greatest program. With that statement she then added, that the Rice Diet might have simply “fell out of popularity.”
In spite of three potential buyers to restart the diet program, Dr. Rosati’s efforts to sell the brand have failed. Duke University has also cut its ties with Dr. Rosati and the program back in 2002, and this was roughly five years Dr. Kempner’s death.
Although the Rice Diet Program has closed its doors, there is a new undertaking led by John Aycoth that could be worth more than $1 million. He has made his intention clear to hire Dr. Frank Neelon, the medical director of the Rice Diet Program in the past, along with the other Rice Diet employees. He called the program “Rice House Healthcare Program” that is taken or patterned on Kempner’s principles.
In an interview with Aycoth, he has said that there is still an important need for those medically supervised diet clinics since obesity as well as the other illnesses that go with it has never been more felt in America and other developing countries.