Lifestyle Economics
The National Institute for Healthcare Excellence wants all alcohol intake by expectant mothers to be recorded, regardless of whether they consent, but as the IEA's Director of Communications Annabel Denham argues  for the Spectator, this will likely lead to mission creep. Despite widespread condemnation, rather than abandon the idea, we’ll probably see more legislation, more ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Sunday Telegraph

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has floated the idea of imposing an draconian new curfew to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But as the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon argues for The Sunday Telegraph, this policy would have a number of unintended consequences, including pushing 'revellers' to continue drinking at home with no ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted by The Telegraph

Public Health England's plans to introduce new guidelines to shrink the calorie content of most food, "is the death rattle of a profoundly useless organisation", argues the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon. Quoted in The Telegraph, Chris added "were it not for its disastrous handling of Covid-19, Public Health England would be best remembered ... Continue reading
A new briefing paper from the Institute of Economic Affairs asks: How did these two multi-billion pound public health agencies fail so badly at the moment of greatest need?  – The World Health Organization and Public Health England officially prioritise infectious diseases. Yet both have spread themselves thinly over a “huge range of medical, political and social ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted by the Mail Online

Government plans to ban daytime TV adverts for 'junk food', including sausage rolls, Marmite and ketchup, are 'ridiculously excessive', says the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon. Quoted by the Daily Mail, Chris  argued that it will be a 'real hinderance to companies large and small'.  He added: 'The economy is on its knees, commercial ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
Mark Wallace, Chief Executive at ConservativeHome, referenced Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, in his column for the i newspaper, noting Chris' statistic that previous bans on 'junk food' advertising produced "no discernible effect on child obesity". Writing for the i newspaper, Mark notes the complete inconsistency of a government obesity strategy from the ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham contributes to the City A.M. Debate

In today's City A.M. Debate, "Is the government right to focus on obesity as its top public health issue?", Annabel Denham, Director of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs, says NO. Annabel argues Public Health England "dropped the ball" on more pressing issues by focusing on paternalistic interventions which had little effect on the ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for City A.M.

In an article for City AM, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon argues that while many of Boris Johnson's new anti-obesity measures – such as banning food advertising and telling shopkeepers where they can and can’t stock their products – are unacceptable intrusions, not all are wholly objectionable. He writes: "People may not always ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Mail on Sunday

Boris Johnson is "mistaken" if he thinks introducing measures to combat obesity and pacify nanny statists will succeed, says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Christopher was quoted in the Mail on Sunday, responding to the government plans - which include a ban on multi-buy offers and TV advertising ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for the Sunday Express

The government's planned obesity strategy "would be far more extensive than most people realise, with the ban on promotions costing households hundreds per year, hitting the poorest consumers hardest" says Annabel Denham, Director of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for the Sunday Express, Annabel branded the plan " same ill-conceived, unworkable policies ... Continue reading