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There’s no sugar-coating this tax

A proposed tax on the sweet stuff would be another small blow against personal choice.

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No, sugar is not the new tobacco

A recent edition of Channel 4’s current-affairs show Dispatches was heavily sprinkled with prejudice and misinformation.

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10 myths about sugar

Sugar is delicious. We should not allow anti-sugar zealots to take away our right to enjoy it.

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Obesity’s worse than we thought? Bullshit

The claim that more than half of Britons will be obese by 2050 flies in the face of the data.

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Poor people are getting plump? Good

It’s perverse to expect us to panic about obesity in the Third World.

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Labelling GM foods is a bad idea

How to deal with the argument that we need to be ‘warned’ about GM foods.

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Defusing the ‘heart disease timebomb’

An obesity scare story that lacks, er, weight.

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The myth of an obesity timebomb

Children are healthier and happier than ever before, whatever well-paid scaremongers might claim.

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Confectionery: the new contraband

A little girl from Watford has been sent home from a school trip - for eating chocolate.

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Obesity is not a disease, it’s a body shape

Classifying obesity as a disease will open up a vast swathe of the population to state-approved bullying.

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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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