Does BBC Radio 2 encourage heavy drinking? Welcome to the weird world of public health

Is the BBC driving you to drink? According to a study published in the Journal of Public Health — and…

Revealed: Public Health England’s cosy love-in with the anti-alcohol lobby

In January 2016, Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, controversially lowered the drinking guidelines for men and declared that there…

Public health campaigns may prolong lives. But save money? That’s fiction

There is a common misconception that public health initiatives save money in the long run by preventing healthcare costs further…

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Moderate drinking is good for the heart. Why won’t public health admit it?

A new study in the British Medical Journal has found that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack,…

If we want to benefit from Brexit, the first thing we should do is make snus legal

In Sweden, the smoking rate has fallen to a mere nine per cent, as the New Scientist reports… Sweden is…

healthy diet

You can eat a healthy diet for next to nothing. Here’s the proof

It is a common belief in some circles that a healthy diet is unaffordable. Last year, the chair of the…

e-cigarettes

Stop the junk science on vaping. E-cigarettes don’t turn kids into smokers

Ever since e-cigarettes became mainstream consumer products circa 2012, there has been a steady flow of anti-vaping scare stories. In…

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Why you don’t need to worry about eating brown toast

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign to warn Britons of the dangers of toasting and roasting their…

diet drinks

Ignore the headlines. Diet drinks don’t make you fat

The front pages of yesterday’s newspapers had some sensational news for the yo-yo dieters and temporary gym members of post-festive…

media

Why the media are always wrong about Britain’s ‘soaring’ gambling problem

Consider these three claims. In 2004, it was predicted that the number of problem gamblers would double to 750,000 if…

Why should Public Health England be allowed to stop us choosing between taste and fewer calories?

You would think that people who support sugar taxes would be pleased to find that high-sugar ice cream is more…

Why is it any of the EU’s business if Scotland introduce minimum pricing for alcohol?

This morning, the Scottish courts ruled against the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) in the latest chapter of a long-running dispute…

Ignore the NHS propaganda: fat people aren’t to blame for its soaring costs

Of all the attempts of NHS mandarins to blame patients for the spiralling costs of their bureaucratic leviathan, Simon Stevens’…

Ignore the low-carb cult: eating lots of fat won’t really make you slim

Science and newspapers don’t really mix. The media work on 24-hour news cycles and want dramatic developments. Science works slowly…

What public health hates to admit: being ‘overweight’ is perfectly healthy

One of the subtler sleights of hand used by obesity crusaders is to talk about obesity while using figures that…

The EU’s new rules for vapers: this is Brussels at its most petty and pointless

The failure of two legal challenges against the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive means that a swarm of new regulations…

A tooth decay crisis? Actually British teeth are healthier than ever

For those of us over the age of 30, the thought of having such bad teeth that we have to…

A sugar tax to make us slimmer? It’s not as simple as that

A new study from Australia’s Obesity Policy Coalition claims that a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks would reduce…