Tax, ban, regulate: the radical ‘planetary health diet’ explained

One of the secrets of the success of the nanny state campaign over the years has been the refusal of…

Childhood obesity is a fake epidemic

The NHS released the latest childhood obesity statistics earlier this month. Officially, 16.5 per cent of children aged between two…

Shrinkflation: coming soon to a restaurant near you

It is less than a year since Public Health England told us that we should be consuming no more than…

The public health lobby wants to introduce a ‘meat tax’. Don’t bet against it

Once you accept that the modern ‘public health’ movement is just the latest incarnation of the puritanism that waxes and…

Presumed consent law will lead to fewer organ donations

So much political folly could be avoided if we focused on outcomes rather than intentions. The passing of legislation in…

Public health officials are on a moral crusade

The Netherlands comes a respectable 24th out of 28th in the Nanny State Index (the fewer points, the freer the…

Energy drinks – the government bans first and asks questions later

His restaurant empire may be falling apart but Jamie Oliver can console himself that he’s still running the country. At…

The temperance movement’s latest study proves only one thing – it is economically illiterate

It seems to be Economic Illiteracy Week in the temperance movement. On Monday, it was ‘revealed’ that places which have…

Cadbury’s low-sugar alternative won’t appease the public health lobby

Cadbury’s have announced that a new Dairy Milk chocolate bar with 30 per cent less sugar will hit the shelves…

The food supply is being taxed, regulated and reformulated – on the pretext of a lie

Earlier this week I suggested that the ‘extremely worrying’ news that children are eating twice as much sugar as the…

Moving goalposts – a government-approved lifestyle is always out of reach

Something dramatic happened twenty years ago that has been all but forgotten. On June 17th 1998, 25 million Americans suddenly…

The BBC is promoting carbohydrate hysteria

One of Twitter’s odder subcultures warns you of its obsessive presence with the hashtag #LCHF. It stands for ‘low carb,…

The proposed ‘junk food’ advertising ban is aimed at you, not your children

We are being sold a pig in a poke by obesity campaigners. When Action on Sugar started complaining about added…

Anti-obesity policies are based on the whims of celebrity chefs – and aren’t helping people lose weight

If you pay a blackmailer once, you will keep being blackmailed, and so it is no surprise that the government’s…

The WHO is becoming a glorified lobbying group

Has somebody put a curse on the World Health Organisation? Every time it holds a conference to discuss the ‘epidemic’…

Measure the weight of children every year? Bring it on

The Times reports on proposals to make weight loss part of Ofsted’s criteria when ranking schools… Schools could be forced…

A glass of wine won’t shorten your life – moderate drinking is still good for you

When bad science appears in the media, who is to blame? Sometimes it is the fault of the journalists, sometimes…

Don’t believe the propaganda – sin taxes are designed to punish the poor

With the sugar tax taking effect in Britain on Friday, the Lancet has dedicated a whole issue to the wonders…