Ron Ridderbeekx

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others

As the Covid pandemic moves into the inevitable economic crisis, the world is hitting the reset button across numerous areas. I have written a few times about the UK’s data-driven obesity strategy and Boris Johnson re-setting his libertarian instincts to become interventionist after his personal brush with the virus. The resulting ‘Better Health’ campaign takes …

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A frisbee into the long grass or a boomerang that will hit later?

I’m sticking with the theme of obesity, or population health resilience, as it continues to linger in the background of discussions about how to get out of lockdown safely, how to prevent future public health crises and the shape of that rapidly ageing term ‘the new normal’.  I experienced a new sort of normal the …

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Boris Johnson’s changed appetite in the fight against obesity

I wrote recently about what governments, particularly the UK government, might do next in the fight against Covid-19. I pointed out that in the absence of a vaccine or treatment, attention would turn to measures to make the population more resilient. I didn’t expect I would have to come back to this subject quite so …

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Science and data

On the public health data superhighway, only one-way traffic is allowed

“We will be driven not by mere hope or economic necessity. We are going to be driven by the science, the data and public health.” So said the Prime Minister on 10 May as he prepared the country for the gradual release from the grip of the Covid-19 lockdown. Before Covid, Ministers, when interrogated on …

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Memories of a pandemic – Swine Flu 2009

It was April 2009. I was away for a weekend with the family. Discovering a new town, wandering around the shops and taking in the sights. The weather was glorious.   Around midday on Saturday we began to notice that the shops had unusually tuned their radios to the news channel. My Spanish was still developing, …

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