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Editor's Correspondence
Sep 10, 2012

Too Sweet to Be Real?—Reply

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Departments of Medicine and Family and Preventive Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(16):1270. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3388

In reply

Dr Koegler observes that subjects with a lower body mass index (BMI) may have simply been more honest in reporting their frequency of chocolate consumption, which is indeed important to consider. Space constraints precluded retention of text present in our initial submission stating

Reporting bias could be postulated: people with lower BMI may feel more at liberty to acknowledge greater frequency of chocolate consumption; but . . . this is rendered less likely by specificity to chocolate frequency (vs chocolate amount or other calorie consumption).