Diet

While Dutch schools ban birthday cakes, the British pine for the next Bake Off

30 March 2019 9:00 am

The Way We Eat Now begins with a single bunch of grapes. The bunch is nothing special to the modern…

The curse of having to go vegan

6 October 2018 9:00 am

I’m on a no-alcohol, no-caffeine, no-sugar, vegan diet. It’s less fun than it sounds. Occasionally I cheat, but mostly I…

My children have turned my weight loss into the Stanford prison experiment

24 February 2018 9:00 am

I’ve become obsessed with my BMI. For those of you who don’t know, it stands for body mass index and…

The idea of state ‘calorie caps’ leaves a sour taste

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The idea of government ‘calorie caps’ leaves a sour taste

Eva Braun dieted obsessively, but didn’t hold back on the pilfered champagne

Culinary cold war at the White House

20 January 2018 9:00 am

The women whose ‘food stories’ Laura Shapiro chooses to tell are an odd bunch. Rose Prince wouldn’t want all six round her own table

Ignore the killjoys waging war on sugar

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Ignore the killjoys waging war on sugar

I’m a Bake Off judge, but it’s not cake making Britain fat

9 September 2017 9:00 am

The UK’s obesity crisis is worsening. Drastic action is needed

Dear Mary: how can I keep cheese and chocolate safe from my husband?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Q. My granddaughter has asked to use our barn for her 21st birthday dance in June. We can only sleep…

BT hung up on me for using the f-word. Why?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Did you know that if you use the f-word while talking to a BT representative, they hang up on you?…

Have a very Happy Excessmas

3 November 2016 9:00 am

Christmas is coming and it isn’t only the goose that’s getting fat — so are you. That’s according to the…

Does an emperor’s illness really bring Japan to a halt?

13 August 2016 9:00 am

The end of an emperor — 82-year-old Emperor Akihito of Japan has announced that he wants to abdicate, partly, he…

Stop lecturing fatties – it’s really not their fault

4 June 2016 9:00 am

I’ve noticed for some time now that thin people, genuinely slim ones, have a secret loathing of fatties. Kindly though…

Is sugar really worse for you... or is it a big fat lie?

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Sugar is worse for you than fat, scream the headlines. Professor David A Bender delves deep into the science to find out the truth...

Socrates and Galen on the Great British Bake Off

17 October 2015 8:00 am

As the national girth expands by the second, Auntie, never backward about lecturing us on the topic, continues to glory…

Not just a fad: the dangerous reality of 'clean eating'

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The ‘clean eating’ revolution is more likely to make you ill than healthy

'Drink eight glasses of water a day'? Don't swallow it!

9 May 2015 9:00 am

We’re all supposed to be knocking back eight glasses a day, right? Wrong, says Tom Chivers

Green green grass… drinking milk gave early Europeans ‘a big survival advantage’

Don't tolerate being told you're dairy intolerant

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Ignore faddish campaigners, says Laura Freeman. There’s nothing wrong with a glass of milk

The greatest slogan in nutrition means much, much less than you think

9 May 2015 9:00 am

‘Five a day’ has to be the snappiest slogan in nutrition, writes Ian Marber — but the advice is more confusing than it looks

Spectator letters: England’s defining myth, and another forgotten genocide

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Enemies within Sir: I thought Matthew Parris was typically incisive in his last column, but perhaps not quite as much…

How we drive our children mad

21 March 2015 9:00 am

If Britain has a crisis in children’s mental health, it’s easy to see why

Best lay off the herring and yeast extract, dear. Picture: Getty Images

Sorry, but you don't need to be a duke to get gout

22 November 2014 9:00 am

And the other good news is, although it can be exquisitely painful it is usually easy to treat, writes Dr Roger Henderson

The superfoods that don't have publicists

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Ingredients don’t have to be from the Amazon to be really, really good for you, writes Ian Marber

Grayshott Spa Surrey

Grayshott spa: food too delicious to be healthy

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Our anonymous reviewer is surprised to find how easy it is to give up sugar and look great

What Christmas dinner does to your body (and how to stop it)

22 November 2014 9:00 am

All the rich food and drink served at Christmas can play merry havoc with your stomach. As the feast approaches, we take a trip through the various digestive challenges your body will face during the holiday season, and suggest measures to deal with them. By Victoria Lambert

The Wiki Man: If you want to diet, I’m afraid you really do need one weird rule

13 April 2013 9:00 am

‘Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. And never sleep with a…