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Research Christmas 2013: Research

The survival time of chocolates on hospital wards: covert observational study

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 14 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7198

Re: The survival time of chocolates on hospital wards: covert observational study

I thank the authors for such an entertaining article and have equally enjoyed reading the responses.

Firstly as part of primary care we have an abundant supply of chocolates as well as biscuits, cakes all throughout the year. (In fact we will probably finish our current stock by Easter.)

My personal observations are that a standard box lasts usually < 2 days, whilst a large tin of either Roses, Quality Street or Celebrations tends to last about 3- 4 days amongst 13 staff/GPs. Usually it's the brown wrapped chocolates or toffees that are left forlornly at the bottom - while we wait patiently to open the next tin.

The most popular - blue coconut or Maltesers - are the first to disappear (usually I've eaten those - competing with our secretary). Fortunately I can't stand praline or toffee ones.

Patients tend to buy us fancy chocolate biscuits but most of us prefer plain ones.

When I first started General Practice in 1984 , I was a size 12-14 , but after sitting on my backside for nearly 30 yrs all day - just moving to to kitchen where the goodies are, I am now a size 18 ! (unless M&S sizing has changed ?)

Has anyone researched weight gain in General Practice primary care team staff compared to secondary care staff ?........

If the authors would like a guinea pig for a follow up chocolate study, I would only be too pleased to offer myself in the name of medical research......

Competing interests: Chocoholic

20 January 2014
P Wong