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A fat chance of slimming

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 10 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7389
  1. Robin Ferner, director
  1. 1West Midlands Centre for Adverse Drug Reactions, Birmingham City Hospital, Birmingham B18 7QH, UK
  1. R.E.Ferner{at}

Christmas is coming, and we are all getting fat. An observational study by the late Robert Turner’s group found that everyone gained weight over Christmas.1 This may not have been a surprise for BMJ readers circa 1946, who would have found a recipe for Christmas pudding that included 6 lb each of suet, raisins, and currants; 48 eggs; one bottle of brandy and one of port—and enough flour, sugar, candied peel, and chopped almonds for a whole episode of the Great British Bake Off.2 Perhaps for fear that readers could not assemble the ingredients first time round (rationing …

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