A Triangle live-in diet program once endorsed by celebrities and others seeking weight-loss results appears to be permanently closed. The Rice Diet Center was once affiliated with Duke University before striking out on its own 11 years ago.
Hollywood stars have been among those who traveled to Durham to embrace eating meals of mainly white rice and fruit in an effort to slim down. As more diet plans gained recognition, the Rice Diet lost favor and followers. The center's current owner, Dr. Robert Rosati, was forced to close the program after 70 years.