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…

What the media doesn’t tell you: obesity rates aren’t soaring

Here we go again. How many prophecies have to fail before we build up a resistance to them? I have…

The message of the sugar levy — drink makers are to blame for people getting fat

After the campaigning comes the lowering of expectations. Jamie Oliver has won again and George Osborne has announced a sugar…

Cameron never wanted a sugar tax. His real plan will be almost as radical

David Cameron’s on-off relationship with sugar taxes looks to be at an end. A trial separation has been announced while…

The great alcohol cover-up: how public health hid the truth about drinking

The text below is the basis of a talk given by Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute…

Weighing up your cancer risk every time you drink isn’t rational — it’s miserable

Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, has issued some seemingly autobiographical advice to the worried well of Britain. At…

The Times is wrong about a sugar tax. It won’t make us thinner — just poorer

The Times has come out in favour of a sugar tax today. ‘It is time for a sugar tax,’ says…