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…

Childhood obesity figures vastly exaggerate the scale of the problem

I argued last month that Britain’s childhood obesity statistics are worthless. They are based on an unjustifiable assumption about the…

PHE’s ‘calorie reduction programme’: coming soon to a supermarket near you

So the crazies at Public Health England are actually going ahead with it. They really are going to put us…

Cancer Research UK says most millennials will be overweight. Will the CEO put his money where his mouth is?

As has been reported in every newspaper, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is very concerned about millennials. The charity predicts that…

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…