Audrey Eyton, creator of The F-Plan Diet who convinced millions that eating more fibre was the route to weight loss – obituary

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Audrey Eyton, who has died aged 83, was the founder of Slimming magazine and the creator of the F-Plan diet, the high-fibre, up to 1,500-calorie-a-day regime that became a cultural phenomenon in the 1980s, shaping Britain’s eating habits and spawning a book that sold more than four million copies.

She started Slimming and Family Nutrition, as the magazine was originally known, in 1969 as a cottage industry with her husband, Tom Eyton, a former chief sub-editor at The Daily Telegraph, defying critics who pointed out that newspapers and magazines already ran articles on slimming and dieting, and wondered why any consumer would pick up a magazine that drew attention to the fact that he or she was…

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