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…