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…

Week 4 – Giving up added sugar

You can read the introduction to this series of posts here. I am updating this blog on a weekly basis with photos to show why it is so hard to give up sugar in our current environment. The introductory post has all the latest updates. 28 days in, 17 days to go It has felt like…

Week 3 – Giving up added sugar

You can read the introduction to this series of posts here. I am updating this blog on a weekly basis with photos to show why it is so hard to give up sugar in our current environment. The introductory post has all the latest updates.   21 days in, 24 days to go So I’ve successfully…

Reactions to today’s news on sugary hot drinks

So today the Action on Sugar campaign group have released their findings on how much sugar is in some hot drinks sold at coffee shops and the like. I follow a lot of public health people on twitter and I thought I would share with you a few of the most interesting posts I have seen.…

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…

Human environment today

Hunting and gathering in the urban jungle

Human beings are phenomenal creatures. Out of the millions of species that are estimated to exist on earth, we are one of the most successful. What precisely marks us out as humans though, as separate to the other great apes, is still under discussion. The set of cognitive characteristics that have traditionally been used to…

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…