health

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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Calculating corporations and weak-willed consumers

In his new book about mass-produced foodstuffs, Michael Moss dresses up a rancid view of firms and consumers as investigative journalism.

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Processed meat causes ‘early death’? Bullshit.

The top story in the UK media this morning is the claim that processed meat is killing us. This is the latest example of the British media churning out food scares like they were cheap sausages.

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Please keep doctors out of my dining room

The UK’s medical royal colleges have come up with a 10-point plan to tackle obesity. But their prescriptions are authoritarian, misguided or useless. In response, here’s a 10-point plan to get rid of meddling medics.

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In defence of cheap food

The horsemeat scandal in Europe has led many of the usual suspects to question the wisdom of cheap food and/or our ‘industrialised food system’. In reality, our food isn’t cheap enough and the food system isn’t industrialised enough.

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