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Slimmer kid, higher score?

Controversial diet guru recommends giving slim kids higher marks.

Pierre Dukan, the nutritionist behind the popular but controversial Dukan diet, has suggested that France tackle child obesity by giving extra exam marks for slimness, it was said in a recent article.

Dukan, who has sold 8 million copies of his diet book worldwide, made the proposal in a 250-page book called 'An Open Letter to the Future President', which he sent out to 16 candidates for France's presidential election.

The plan calls for high school students to be allowed to take a so-called ideal weight option in their final year exams, the baccalaureate, under which they would earn extra points if they kept a body mass index (BMI) of between 18 and 25.

Those already overweight at the start of the two-year course would score double points if they managed to lose weight over a period of two years.

Dukan is no stranger to controversial diet vs. Reward ideas- he has already suggested a slimmers burger to a giant burger chain. His bonus-burger was rejected.

It’s not hard to imagine a classroom with slim kids sitting at the front of the class enjoying their straight As, while their larger counterparts slump sadly at the back.
The slim-score system fails to account for children who would be unable to adjust their size on account of hormonal, thyroid or other issues.

Do you think this would work in South African schools where obesity is increasingly becoming a challenge?
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