No, one in three children aren’t obese – this headline-grabbing figure is a statistical invention

There is a heartwarming video on Youtube of Jamie Oliver showing a group of children how chicken nuggets are made…

Smaller portions, higher prices, fewer choices; public health puritans are ruining everything

January is a bleak month for many of us. I shall be glad to see the back of it, but…

These products are safer than cigarettes – why don’t the regulators want to know?

‘Evidence-based policy’ is the mantra of the public health lobby, but two events last week revealed how empty this slogan…

Ignore this junk science – moderate drinking doesn’t cause liver disease

Sometimes the junk science that comes out of the ‘public health’ lobby is so bad you just have to laugh.…

Don’t put graphic warning labels on drinks – we need to inform rather than alarm

As reported in the Guardian, the Alcohol Health Alliance is concerned that only ten per cent of Britons are aware…

We shouldn’t be paying women to breastfeed – the numbers don’t add up

The Guardian reports today on an interesting real world experiment in the north of England where women have been given shopping vouchers…

A response to Public Health England’s drinking guidelines complaint

If, as Public Health England claims, my exposé of the alcohol guidelines review was ‘grossly inaccurate’, one would expect the agency to…

Minimum pricing won’t end alcoholism – it will make the addiction more deadly

So the Scotch Whisky Association’s challenge to minimum pricing has failed and the last good reason to stay in the…

The new drinking guidelines are based on massaged evidence

When the Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, lowered the drinking guidelines for men last year, she cited a report from the Sheffield…

Chicago repeals unpopular sugar tax. Is it doomed to fail in Britain, too?

When nanny state campaigners talk about sugar taxes, they love to mention Berkeley, California. In 2014, the people of Berkeley…

Ignore the headlines: Czechs aren’t the ‘unhealthiest people in the world’

When the Nanny State Index (which I edit) was published a few months ago, the Czech Republic came at the bottom the…

It’s the economy, stupid – why minimum pricing won’t work

There was a reminder last week that politics produces strange bed-fellows when the Institute of Alcohol Studies (formerly known as the…

The Pioppi Diet is a superficial lifestyle guide based on distorted evidence

Pioppi is a very small village in southern Italy. It is one of those places where people are reputed to…

Imaginary intolerances and stupid food fads: the world needs The Angry Chef

Two books were published on the same day last week about the science of food. You can read my review of The…

The smoking ban turns ten. What did it really achieve?

Saturday sees the tenth anniversary of the smoking ban in England. A curse or a blessing depending on your point…

Ignore the lazy headlines. Chips don’t ‘double your chances of death’

You can increase your chances of living forever by avoiding french fries, according to the Telegraph. Eating chips ‘doubles your…

Where do the parties stand on the nanny state? For libertarians, the outlook is bleak

It might not be front of mind for everybody at election time but for single-issue voters like me, only one…

A triumph of the busybodies: the EU begins its crackdown on smokers and vapers

One day last summer I walked into my local e-cigarette shop and bought their entire stock of my favourite vape…