Atkins Diet

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A Florida businessman is suing the estate of Atkins Diet creator Robert Atkins and those promoting his diet.

Jody Gorran claims his weight and cholesterol rose after he started the diet in May 2001. And he says he eventually needed surgery to clear away blockages in his arteries.

Atkins Nutritionals questions the motivation for the suit. The company says Gorran is backed by the Washington-based advocacy group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The group advocates a vegan diet that bans meat, fish, dairy and egg products.