If you’re under 30 — or have a child in their teens — then chances are you’ve heard of a game called Fortnite. Fortnite, a “survival shooter” video game released last year, has quickly become one of the most popular online games in the world — a towering cultural phenomenon on a par with Minecraft ... Continue reading
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Chris Snowdon comments in The Times

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Times on calls for schools to ban fruit juice. This is a good example of politicians forgetting about nutrition in their rush to clamp down on calories. Fruit juice counts as one your five-a-day, and for good reason: it ... Continue reading
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Chris Snowdon comments in The Times

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Times on the anti-sugar campaigns. The anti-sugar zealots are going too far. A campaign that began with complaints about added sugar in savoury products has become a crusade against products that are inherently sugary. Read the full article here. (££)... Continue reading

IEA responds to World Health Organisation report on non-communicable diseases

Commenting on the World Health Organisation's report 'Time To Deliver' on non-communicable diseases, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs says: "The World Health Organisation’s decision to exclude taxes on food and drink from its list of formal recommendations is welcome. Sugar taxes have never reduced obesity anywhere. They only ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon writes for Spectator Health

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Spectator Health on anti-obesity policies. Make no mistake, ‘public health’ policies do harm. They might not necessarily harm health, but they create all sorts of costs and spawn all sorts of unintended consequences. A watershed advertising ban would cost commercial broadcasters a great ... Continue reading
In the latest intervention from the nanny state, MPs are now calling for tax increases on sweets and salty snacks, in an aim to tackle the ‘obesity crisis’. In practice, raising taxes and banning retailers from offering discounts on a vast range of food will inevitably lead to bigger shopping bills. Everybody will be hit, not ... Continue reading
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Chris Snowdon comments in The Times

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Times on MPs call to push up tax on sweets and salty snacks to fight the obesity crisis. These plans will increase shopping bills for millions. Everybody will be hit, not just the obese, and people on low incomes ... Continue reading
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Chris Snowdon comments in the Daily Mail

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Daily Mail on MPs call to push up tax on sweets and salty snacks to fight the obesity crisis. Raising taxes and banning retailers from offering discounts on a vast range of food will inevitably lead to bigger shopping ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments on the BBC website

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented on the BBC News website about the news that 22,000 children are apparently obese. Too many assumptions were being made which "exaggerate the scale" of the obesity problem. Read the full article here.  ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun on calls for minimum pricing on alcohol in the UK. Introducing minimum pricing in England would cost consumers hundreds of millions of pounds and do nothing to help people who have an alcohol problem. The whole point of ... Continue reading