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…

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…

Australia’s health activists don’t like freedom. So now they want to redefine it

It is a sure sign that a person is against freedom when they start trying to redefine it. Even politicians…

In terms of cold, hard cash, smoking is good for taxpayers. Public health campaigns aren’t

An article in the Guardian warns readers that ‘cuts to public health funding will cost the NHS dear’. This is…

The latest ‘science’ on sugar is so flawed it tells us nothing whatsoever

Robert Lustig is a Californian scientist and anti-sugar campaigner who became a minor internet sensation with his YouTube video, The…

Cheese, ‘as addictive as crack cocaine’? Heavy users don’t need to worry

‘Cheese is “as addictive” as heroin, say scientists’. ‘Cheese is like crack, according to research’. ‘Shock study reveals cheese is…

The Coca-Cola ‘exposé’ had all the spin of a classic anti-sugar smear piece

The Times ran an ‘exposé’ of Coca-Cola funding of scientists last week which was similar to the New York Times…

The EU’s attack on e-cigarettes will bring a golden age of vaping to an end

Walking down most British high streets you could be forgiven for thinking that e-cigarettes are more common than tobacco. It’s…

On e-cigarette safety The Lancet has decided to shoot the messenger

So the pushback begins. An anonymous editorial in The Lancet today wields the hatchet at the recent Public Health England…