Public Health England

There’s no such thing as ‘junk food’ – so how will an advertising ban work?

When the government announced its public consultation on restricting food advertising on Sunday, the press release came with an intriguing…

You can safely ignore the government’s sugar guidelines

If you still have faith in Public Health England, last week’s episode of More or Less has the antidote. The…

How Jamie Oliver Stole Christmas

It’s been a busy old year for Jamie Oliver and his miserable band of anti-sugar, anti-salt and anti-fun campaigner friends.…

Childhood obesity is a fake epidemic

The NHS released the latest childhood obesity statistics earlier this month. Officially, 16.5 per cent of children aged between two…

Shrinkflation: coming soon to a restaurant near you

It is less than a year since Public Health England told us that we should be consuming no more than…

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…

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…

Is the government finally starting to see sense on e-cigarettes?

This month is ‘Stoptober’, the annual government-backed campaign to persuade smokers to give up tobacco for good. This year, for…

Don’t blame Brexit – Public Health England is shrinking our chocolate bars

Brexiteers have been forced to shoulder a lot of blame in recent months. Slower growth forecasts. Jamie Oliver’s restaurant closures.…

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…

alcohol

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,…

smoke-free NHS

For many, a ‘truly smoke-free NHS’ would be an act of cruelty

Public Health England has announced plans to persuade NHS trusts to ban smoking on all their premises in an effort…

These days it’s the over-50s who risk ‘dying of ignorance’ about HIV

Much has changed since the scare-mongering 1980s, when that Aids-engraved tombstone whipped Britain into a national frenzy. Today, on the…

Public Health England: you probably won’t notice as we reduce sugar in food

Last week, a post on this website about our sugar reduction and food reformulation programme (‘Why should Public Health England…

Health campaigners slam government’s child obesity report

It’s nowhere near tough enough and has been watered down by the food industry, they claim

‘Vaping as bad as fags’: the Sun’s splash runs counter to everything we know

‘Vaping as bad as fags’ howls the front page of the Sun today. It is a strange headline to run…

On vitamin D, sun-starved Brits should look to Norway

Is anyone surprised that we Brits are in danger of having vitamin D deficiencies? Those long winter nights might be…

Scarlet fever has reached a 49-year peak. Here, antibiotics are the saviour, not the villain

The number of scarlet fever cases in 2015 were higher than in any other year since 1967, according to a…