Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

"To propose that sandwich-eating on a bus is an issue to be tackled, a problem to be solved, a danger to the children, is somewhere on the spectrum between hysterical and absurd" says Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, and yet that is one of several proposals in the latest report ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon responds to Professor Dame Sally Davies's final report on childhood obesity

Commenting on Professor Davies's final commissioned report focusing on childhood obesity, the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said: “The suggestion that it be a crime to eat a sandwich on a train brings Dame Sally’s tenure as Chief Medical Officer to a fittingly authoritarian conclusion. During the time she’s spent in the job, ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes in The Sun

Outgoing Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has launched a report which recommends banning the people from eating food on public transport and end marketing and sale of junk food at major sporting venues. Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, told The Sun he hoped the next Chief Medical Officer "focuses on serious public health ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon comments in the Daily Mail

The Chief Medical Officer has endorsed a report which seeks to ban food on public transport and put calorie caps on all meals sold in cafes and restaurants in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, responded saying it should never be a crime ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Telegraph

The Chief Medical Officer has endorsed a report which includes recommendations such as banning food on public transport and a calorie cap on all meals sold in cafes and restaurants by 2024. Christopher Snowdon, the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics, branded the plans "a fittingly authoritarian conclusion" to Dame Sally Davies' time as Chief Medical ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

IEA research quoted by the Daily Mirror

The Daily Mirror has warned traditional British sweets such as Liqourice Allsorts could be at risk if planned food guidelines come into force. Recent IEA report, 'Cooking with Bureaucrats', revealed public health officials and campaigners considered new rules which would cap sugar content of sweets at 50%, making it almost impossible to manufacture some traditional ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for City A.M.

The Conservative Party Conference has included a number of large spending pledges but the Chancellor needs to "deliver the tax cuts that we know businesses and individuals desperately need to boost productivity and investment across the country", says the IEA's Director-General Mark Littlewood. Mark, writing a joint op-ed for City A.M. with John O'Connell, Chief ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Mail

"Health warnings on salt packets will do nothing for public health and everything to continue infantilising the British public, eroding individual responsibility for what we choose to eat", says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Christopher was responding to a group of doctors who have demanded the warnings, suggesting ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Telegraph

US lawmakers are exploiting a "contrived panic" around vaping to bring in the excessive regulation they have always wanted, argues Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for the Telegraph online, Christopher says that while the media and the Centre for Disease Control have "played dumb" on acknowledging the ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted by the Mail Online

It is too early to tell if minimum unit pricing has had any positive effect on health, says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at IEA. Responding to new figures from Newcastle University, Christopher said that the research did not "reflect the trends in Scotland under minimum pricing" and that in fact "sales figures show ... Continue reading