Don’t call us fat OR obese. Just leave us alone


The spat over how officialdom should refer to plump people overlooks the fact that it should be none of its business how much we weigh.

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Officialdom’s bullying of so-called fat kids


The branding of a perfectly normal 11-year-old boy as ‘overweight’ shows how mad the obesity panic has become.

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The tyranny of the anti-junk food crusade


The idea that thousands of lives could be saved if people stopped eating the ‘wrong’ food is pie in the sky.

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Panic on a Plate: the book


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People who eat ‘junk food’ aren’t junkies


The idea that the food industry has turned us into fat, helpless beings desperate for our next fast-food fix is based on a degraded view of human beings.

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Squeezing the joy out of ketchup


Heinz’s decision to change its ketchup recipe after 40 years is a sign of our health-obsessed, killjoy times.

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Don’t bring back the Ministry of Food


Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall (yes, Hugh’s mum) has written an interesting history of food rationing during the Second World War. But bizarrely, she is nostalgic for that period.

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This tax on fizzy drinks stinks


Whether it is cigarettes, booze or soda, it’s not the place of the taxman to dissuade us from our enjoyable bad habits.

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Is this Food, Inc. or Monsters, Inc?


An Oscar-nominated documentary about America’s food industry is simply ‘outrage porn’ for organic eaters.

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America, we need to talk about Jamie


Once upon a time, you kicked us Brits out when we tried to tell you how to run your affairs. It’s time to do the same with Jamie Oliver.

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Once we worried about getting enough food. Now we seem to fret about having too much food, or about what food might do to us and the planet. This website is designed to be an antidote to food fears.

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