It’s not the nanny state you should be worried about

Yesterday I read an article on the BBC News website entitled ‘Dawn of the Nanny State?’ It talked about supervised gym sessions for people at risk of type 2 diabetes, alcohol legislation and the new sugar tax all being introduced by the UK’s Conservative government. The article suggests that these policies are being put in…

Being healthy is complicated

So we are coming to the end of January, the month of diets, new gym memberships and giving up drinking. January is traditionally a month where we feel guilty about over indulgence during December and make resolutions to become new, improved, healthier people over the next year. We’ve all had these conversations about new years resolutions and…

We’ve come a long way – adverts from the past.

Today I’m just going to show you a few adverts from the 20th century, that show how our mindsets and adverts have changed. There are adverts showing McDonalds meals and talking about balance, how a fizzy drink is for babies, what cigarette brand are doctors’ favourites and how snacking is time is anytime! I found…

On regulation and the food industry

I came across a short article in PLoS Medicine recently which outlines why working with the food industry without regulation won’t reduce obesity on its own. Before I tell you what made me write this post, have a quick look over what the (excellent) article said: You can access the article here (only a page…

How to take the road less travelled by?

In my last post, I talked about how governments and councils have a responsibility to make our environments conducive to health. Now I don’t actually believe that they are unaware, or even unsympathetic to this responsibility; I believe that the reason they do not act on this responsibility fully is simply because it’s actually a…