childhood-obesity

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…

18 Dec 2018

Measure the weight of children every year? Bring it on

The Times reports on proposals to make weight loss part of Ofsted’s criteria when ranking schools… Schools could be forced…

3 May 2018

Childhood obesity figures vastly exaggerate the scale of the problem

I argued last month that Britain’s childhood obesity statistics are worthless. They are based on an unjustifiable assumption about the…

8 Mar 2018
milk

Children who drink full-fat milk are skinnier, finds study

Children who drink full-fat milk weigh less than those who drank semi-skimmed milk, a study at the University of Toronto…

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…

1 Nov 2016

Don’t believe the outrage. Anti-sugar activists have scored a colossal triumph

In any negotiation, one side will go in with extreme demands hoping for a compromise solution that gives them what…

18 Aug 2016

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…

1 Apr 2016

Headlines about rising childhood obesity have one flaw: they aren’t true

‘One in five children obese leaving primary school’ is the headline of a BBC Health news story today. The article…

27 Nov 2015

Obese children’s brains react differently to the smell of food

For obese children, the smell of food activates the area of the brain associated with impulsivity and the development of…

To tackle obesity we need to know who gets fat and why. Here is the evidence so far

You can hear Julia Manning talk about the obesity crisis with Dr Max Pemberton, Spectator Health editor, Dr Sarah Jarvis,…

6 Oct 2015