Horizon: The Atkins DietBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7433.234 (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:234
- Nadeeja Koralage, fourth year medical student
- Royal Free and University College London
BBC 2, 22 January at 9 pm
It is January again. People make and break their new year's resolution of getting in shape, while the Commons health select committee talks of introducing a “fat tax” on junk food. Cue Horizon: The Atkins Diet.
Fish and cheese have replaced the national institution of fish and chips, as we ditch the carbs and head for the protein and fat.Horizon said that last year bread sales slumped because of what has been “the most controversial diet in history.” This documentary was shown in the week that saw the latest twist in Dr Robert Atkins' 30 year story, when the company that he founded, Atkins Nutritionals, was reported to have revised its earlier advice and recommended a lower fat diet. The company later issued a denial.