Gillian McKeith

Gillian McKeith Gillian McKeith (born 28 September 1959) is a Scottish television personality, nutritionist and writer. She is the former host of Channel 4's ''You Are What You Eat'' (2004–2007), Granada Television's ''Dr Gillian McKeith's Feel Fab Forever'' (2009–2010), and W Network's ''Eat Yourself Sexy'' (2010). In 2008, she regularly appeared on the E4 health show ''Supersize vs Superskinny'', and in 2010, she was a contestant on the tenth series of the ITV show ''I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'' McKeith is also the author of several books about nutrition, including ''You Are What You Eat'' (2004) and ''Dr Gillian McKeith's Ultimate Health Plan'' (2006).

Numerous dieting and lifestyle plans supported by McKeith, such as the concept of the detox diet and the value of colonic irrigation, are not supported by scientific research, nor are her claims that through examining people's tongues and stool samples she can identify their ailments and dietary needs. McKeith possesses no qualifications in nutrition or medicine from accredited institutions, and in 2007 agreed with the Advertising Standards Authority to stop using the title "Doctor".

McKeith advocates a pescetarian diet high in fruits and vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and tofu, and the avoidance of processed and high-calorie foods, sugar and fat, red meat, alcohol, caffeine, white flour, and additives.

McKeith's work has met with commercial success. Her book ''You Are What You Eat'' has sold over two million copies, and in 2005, she was awarded a Consumer Education Award by the Soil Association. At the same time, the validity of her approach and the safety of her recommendations have been strongly criticised by health professionals. Provided by Wikipedia
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