Occasional notes: Doctor did Atkins

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1245
  1. Daniel Wheeler (, clinical lecturer in anaesthesia
  1. University of Cambridge

    We've got another one, Mary.” So said the lady behind the League of Friends' tea bar to her colleague when I asked for a smoked mackerel salad rather than the usual sausage sandwich and caramel slice. “That must be 12 now,” came the reply, “they're all doing it.” It was August 2003, and clearly I was just one of the many hospital tea bar regulars who, at the height of the hype, had forsaken carbohydrates and taken up the Atkins diet in a quest to be the next Jennifer Aniston. I had been shocked into action after a rare interaction with the bathroom scales gave me a nasty surprise and a quick calculation suggested my body mass index was nudging 35. …

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