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Occasional notes: Doctor did Atkins

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7476.1245 (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1245
  1. Daniel Wheeler (dww21@cam.ac.uk), 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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