Mad Academics Call for Whole World to Eat Only 1/10th of a Sausage Per Day

A group of deranged dieticians have done their best to cut through the Brexit noise by publishing a tyrannical new diet that is so extreme that people have had no choice but to pay attention. In order to ridicule it…

Incredibly, the farcical proposal has been launched in the medical profession’s most prestigious scientific journal, The Lancet. If so-called “experts” want to understand why the public so often fail to take them seriously, their answer is right here…

Their bonkers plan insists that people cut their daily intakes to:

  • No more than seven grams of pork a day (about 1/10th of a sausage).
  • No more than seven grams of beef or lamb a day.
  • No more than 29 grams of chicken a day (one and a half nuggets).
  • No more than 28 grams of fish a day (a quarter of a fillet).
  • No more than one and a half eggs per week (under a quarter of an egg a day).
  • No more than one quarter of a baked potato.

The “panel of experts” are calling for the entire world to indulge their lunacy, even though predictably none of the nonsensical nutritionists are actually following the diet themselves. The Lancet’s Charlatan-in-Chief Dr Richard Horton admitted “I’m close, but I have two eggs for breakfast every morning, so I’m already having too many eggs.” That’s not “close”, that’s a staggering NINE times his daily acceptable intake of eggs. Some people just want to watch the world burn…

Back on Planet Earth, the IEA’s Chris Snowdon has produced an excellent series of cookery videos to explore the fantastic culinary opportunities that await us under the new regime. Bon Appetit!

Sugar Consumption is Already Falling, A “Pudding Tax” Will Just Increase the Cost of Living

Though you would not know it from the front pages of the papers this morning childhood obesity has been falling since the beginning of the century and the fact is that children’s consumption of sugar has been falling for years. It has fallen by 14% in the last decade alone. Consumption of sugary drinks has fallen by a third over the same period. Overall, sugar consumption among both children and adults is almost certainly at its lowest level since the 1950s. Today’s headlines are a cynical post-Christmas feasting guilt trip…

By 2015, sugar was providing 11% of the average adult’s daily energy intake, a mere whisker above the recommended 10%. The IEA’s lifestyle economist Chris Snowdon points out that the guidelines for sugar consumption have already been revised down. Childhood obesity has in any event been falling steadily for over a decade – despite the scaremongering. Parents are increasingly alert to healthy eating priorities, which is a credit to the five-a-day campaigns of the health lobby.  A “pudding tax” however will not in itself create healthier children, it will just increase living costs, dragging kids away from their tablets and video games to play in the fresh air will be much more effective…

Sock-puppet “charity” the IEA slapped down by regulator for general election bias

Somehow, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) enjoys charitable status, which means they are not required to disclose who funds them. This allows the IEA to carry out its work of lobbying for deregulation without being accused of a conflict of interest.

Charities, of course, are not permitted to be politically partisan. So, the IEA decision to publish a report with the Taxpayers’ Alliance on “Policy Proposals for a Conservative Manifesto”, and to put out a press release entitled “Labour’s manifesto pledges would add at least £40bn to public spending”, were in breach of Charity Commission guidelines. As a result the regulator insisted that these were withdrawn.

The IEA’s report “The Crack Cocaine of Gambling?”, which called into question the demonstrably addictive features of £100 a spin FOBTs in betting shops, suggests a commercial relationship with the bookmakers that the IEA’s charitable status has concealed.

It is laughable that the report’s author, Chris Snowdon, writes for Spectator Health when he is effectively a lobbyist for the tobacco, sugar and gambling industries by proxy. It says a lot about the Association of British Bloodsuckers (aka Bookmakers) that only the IEA are prepared to make their case for them, an organisation for whom freedom only means freedom for corporations.

The BBC should cease inviting anyone from the IEA onto its programmes until the IEA declares all funding sources.

Content produced and sponsored by Stop the FOBTS.

The “Crack Cocaine of Gambling” Myth

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Author Christopher Snowdon is at it again, firing back at “Britain’s nanny state” which wants to ruin our fun.

Today the Institute of Economic Affairs has published his new paper, Fixed-odds betting terminals: A briefing, which challenges the myth that gambling addiction is on the rise and that Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) – the so-called ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – are to blame.

Read his report here

24 Hour Drinking: In Numbers

Today’s new Institute of Economic Affairs report by Christopher Snowdon looks at the impact of 24 hour drinking. Guido has crunched the numbers into a handy infographic:

As the report finds: “Facilitating longer opening hours may have been the best thing the Labour Party ever did…”

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