Porky pies and the perils of diet histories

That’s the sort of thing my health service’s dietitian does 10 times daily – bless her, and all her thin colleagues.

Honestly, if the patient’s answer to my first question is “Weet-Bix”, I just let the rest slide. I already know they will either score better than their doctor (by definition: a balanced diet) or are lying.

In fact, the main purpose of the ‘Coleman four-question diet history’ is to weed out the liars and move on to something else I’m better at.