‘Good Morning America’ Blasts Kimkins Diet Fraud, Looking For Victims For Investigation

Filed under: Television — @ January 20, 2008


The Kimkins fraud on full display on “Good Morning America”

As I shared with you last week, ABC News has been very interested in doing a story on the Kimkins diet scam that has fooled tens of thousands of people into falling prey to an unsafe and potentially dangerous anorexic nutritional scheme while lining the pockets of a morbidly obese woman named Heidi Diaz with millions of dollars. They are looking for people who have been harmed by Kimkins to appear on camera as part of their investigation. If you have a story you’d like to share with them, then please use this contact form to send the details of your experience to an ABC News producer.

In the meantime, the Kimkins diet scandal was exposed to a nationwide audience on Sunday morning when ABC-TV aired a segment about it on the weekend edition of their popular television news magazine “Good Morning America.” You can read the column about this segment by clicking here and then watch the video featuring Kimkins diet victim Christin Sherburne and class action lawsuit attorney John Tiedt.

Momentum for this new national television bombshell investigation about the Kimkins diet scam has been building for months thanks in part to the grassroots investigative work of various anti-Kimkins bloggers and specifically an ever-growing thread at the popular online forum web site Low-Carb Friends, who I recognized in my list of Top 10 Low-Carb Movers & Shakers Of 2007 for the fabulous work they have been doing to spread the word about this crooked diet imposter.

Because of their efforts, a series of in-depth news stories came out on Los Angeles-based KTLA television in October 2007 revealing video of a 300-pound Diaz for the first time to the shock of so many former Kimkins followers. Then in November 2007, the Kimkins diet scam was featured on FOX-TV’s “The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet” with Christin Sherburne and Deni Huttula (both of whom were featured in Woman’s World magazine as Kimkins diet success stories in 2007) warning people about the potential health dangers of this diet pitted against the then-spokeswoman Jeannie Battinger and current Kimkins employee Delaney Deaver. Since that show aired, Battinger has resigned from Kimkins, although she still supports the flailing nutritional plan.

Deaver, on the other hand, is still fighting tooth and nail in defense of this program which she says has helped her shed 100 pounds. She was interviewed by ABC News on the “Good Morning America” segment and made some rather asinine comments justifying her own use of the Kimkins diet. It’s pathetic that anyone at this point would be willing to put themselves out there as a supporter of a diet that we now know was created by a morbidly obese woman with no health or medical background and is unsupported by any doctor, nutritionist, or health professional. NOBODY respectable in the weight loss and health industry is touching this thing with a ten foot pole!

And while we’re talking about Deaver’s role in the ongoing Kimkins saga, I have to state the obvious–is she REALLY the BEST spokesperson for how well the Kimkins diet works? With all due respect to her 100-pound weight loss on Kimkins, with “no faster diet” available to her on the planet why is she still so overweight? I’m not meaning for that to be judgmental or mean-spirited, but I seriously question whether the Kimkins plan is really doing what Deaver claims it is doing for her. Just wondering.

There’s quite a lively discussion in the comments section about this story and I encourage you to share YOUR comments with ABC News to encourage them to continue looking further into the Diaz Diet Disaster known as Kimkins! Too many innocent people are getting harmed by this scam that now asks unsuspecting would-be dieters to shell out $80 for access to the ultra-low-calorie diet plans. It’s disgusting and even further exposure on a show like 20/20 or Primetime is certainly in order.

Here is the comment I left about this story:

Kimkins was created by a morbidly obese 300+ pound scam artist named Heidi Diaz who has been known to perpetrate frauds on innocent victims in the past. She has no regard for the people she is harming and is attempting to bilk millions of dollars out of unsuspecting would-be dieters. What she is doing is disgusting and I applaud ABC News for digging deeper into this scandal that is harming the health of people like Christin and others who have been sucked in by the allure of a “fast” weight loss plan. As someone who has lost 180 pounds on a truly healthy and proven diet plan, I encourage people to be smart about what they choose to shed the pounds and get healthy.

Get the word out and don’t be afraid to share YOUR story with ABC News. You may be hurt and don’t want to get involved. But think about all those people you could be helping by preventing them from signing up with a disgusting diet scam like Kimkins. Don’t you wish someone had prevented YOU from trying it? Let’s band together to help right this wrong and make Heidi Diaz pay for the pain she has inflicted on so many.

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