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 Suzanne C. Ryan  Boston Globe

"For years, the media has hashed out the merits of popular diet plans like the Atkins Diet and Weight Watchers. Tonight, in a lighthearted twist on the subject, PBS's 'Frontline' series will explore competing weight-loss theories from a consumer perspective when correspondent Steve Talbot decides to shed a few pounds. His humorous journey from a gym run by a former drill sergeant to a surreal Weight Watchers session with Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, will be depicted in a one-hour film...

"'Diet Wars' is a fun film about a serious issue. While viewer's probably won't be converted to any one diet plan, they hopefully will be inspired to at least exercise and eat in moderation."

 Tom Jicha  Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Think the Sunnis and the Shiites have it in for each other? Wait until you see the Pritikin and Atkins people go at each other in Frontline: Diet Wars.

"The PBS documentary series takes a super-sized bite out of the weight-management business -- a $40 billion industry -- before arriving at the obvious conclusion that the only way to stay slim and trim is to eat less and exercise more. However, the religious-like zeal with which proponents of various diets embrace their plans and seek converts makes this primer on the strengths and weaknesses of everything out there useful. ..."

 Linda Stasi  The New York Post

"... 'Frontline' did a fantastic show, 'Diet Wars,' that looks into every popular diet and the science (or 'pop science') behind the most popular ones. ..."

 Diane De La Paz  The News Tribune

"We've been in a long embrace, or more accurately an entanglement, with an American religion. So devoted are we, we've sunk $40 billion into the life-changing, success-making power of the Almighty Weight-Loss Plan. Searching for enlightenment in books and meetings, we hold tight to the everlasting hope that the latest form of manna will take us to the heaven of effortless thinness. Yet we remain earthbound, stuck in a world littered with fattening fast food and rivers of sugary soda.

"That's the scenario of 'Diet Wars,' a Frontline special premiering Thursday. Fortunately it has a happyish ending. ..."

 Mark Dawidziak  The Plain Dealer

"... There is no mocking quality to Talbot's investigation. He's making an earnest effort to explore carbs and fats and protein and caloric intake. He's carefully weighing the pros and cons of each diet plan. ..."

 David Bianculli  The New York Daily News

"... Talbot does a good job of getting his points across. The points, though, are depressingly basic. ..."

 Carina Chocano  Los Angeles Times

"... Despite the provocative title, 'Diet Wars' wanders somewhat guilelessly into the fray, led by congenial 'Frontline' correspondent Steve Talbot. He gives battling nutritional spokes-bots their turn at the pulpit, but his layman's approach and zippy demeanor keep him from probing too deeply. ..."

 Roger Catlin  The Hartford Courant

"... After earning part of a Pulitzer this week for a report on unsafe working conditions and after last week's unforgettable look at Rwanda, though, 'Diet Wars' is surprisingly lightweight.

"Though there are some interesting tidbits in the report -- such as the low-fat ruse in food where caloric content hasn't changed -- Talbot's first-person approach carries less gravity than, say, Peter Jennings' similar ABC report last year."

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