obesity

A Chinook helicopter prepares to drop sandbags onto the dam wall at the Toddbrook reservoir last week (Getty)

Dams, lives and statistics: the worst dam collapses in Britain

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Dams, lives and statistics The town of Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, was evacuated after heavy rainfall caused the partial collapse of…

Are we really going to abandon Brexit because of a Mars bar shortage?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The nice French doctor looked beadily at the screen. There were the results of my tests, in irrefutable detail. They…

The best thing about Christmas in France? It’s all over in a day

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Just back from a few days in Rome — the perfect small metropolis for ‘street-haunting’, as Cyril Connolly described his…

The real reason people voted Leave? They’re fat

28 April 2018 9:00 am

No Leave-Remain spat is complete without a food metaphor

I’d rather be fat-shamed than have cancer

24 March 2018 9:00 am

I’d rather be fat-shamed than have cancer

Letters: the government should not take responsibility for obesity

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Fat responsibility Sir: Prue Leith is right to note that the state picks up the bill for our national obesity…

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

Trying to control our waistlines is beyond the government’s power

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Controlling our waistlines is beyond the government’s power

Roxane Gay: ruminative, repetitive and solipsistic

Is Roxane Gay’s relentless self-analysis compounding her problems?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

What sort of monster gives a bad review to a book by someone who was gang raped as a 12-year-old…

Over serious claret, I mused on my dreams of a fat-busting pill

15 July 2017 9:00 am

As good conversation should, the talk meandered from the serious to the playful. One of the serious topics was overseas…

At 350ft tall, Godzilla would collapse under its own weight. But with two giant legs and a tiny body, it would be eminently feasible

What’s the ideal size for a city?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Trust scientists to ruin all our fun. The spectacularly beautiful 2014 film reboot of Godzilla, it turns out, is anatomically…

The best way to combat radical Islam? Teach British values in school

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Hundreds of terrorists and suspected terrorists have gone through the British educational system. Yet amid all the pre-election talk about…

What is it about fat people and zoos?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Get ready for the stink,’ said Oscar as we walked up the concrete ramp to the entrance of the ape…

Jogging in winter with your shirt off will help you in the long run

27 May 2017 9:00 am

All animals, Scott Carney tells us, seek comfort. But human beings are a bit different. We don’t need to spend…

The 80-year-old queen is caricatured in the French satirical magazine Le Rire, greeting her nephew the Kaiser (December 1899)

Queen Victoria — burdened by grief and six-course dinners

27 May 2017 9:00 am

In 2015 a pair of linen drawers belonging to Queen Victoria sold at auction for over £12,000. In old age…

Happy New Year, you say? 2017 will be a continuation of 2016 — only worse

31 December 2016 9:00 am

New Year’s Day is the most depressing of holidays. It doesn’t celebrate anyone or anything worth celebrating. It simply marks…

Does any Supreme Court judge represent the 17.4 million Brexit voters?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

It is not self-evidently ridiculous that Nigel Farage should be the next British ambassador to the United States. The wishes…

The men who made us fat

5 November 2016 9:00 am

‘Look at them, they’re all fat,’ he said. I’d slowed the car to allow four children to cross the zebra…

Will it take a tax break to make you eat your five-a-day?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

A lower tax bracket in return for eating your five a day? Could it really work?

George Cruikshank’s illustration for ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens

Mutton, potatoes and ale – how children ate in the 19th century

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Modern Britain scratches its head over children who are overfed, not underfed, while guilt-ridden mothers stand accused of feeding children…

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…

Fast-track to fitness: do fasting diets really work?

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Can fasting diets tackle your major health problems? Victoria Lambert finds out

Fat-shaming works. Why else would I heave myself up and down hills for hours every day?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

We have been contemplating moving to the North, for a variety of unassailable reasons. One is the chance to gloat…

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…