Christopher Snowdon appeared on BBC Radio Oxford to discuss the benefits of health advice.
Mr. Snowdon argued that health advice does do some good, it is obvious that better education makes a difference, but often the advice given is so unrealistic it is bound to be broken. For example the advice to have 5 fruit or vegetables a day is not feasible for most people, and the figures were plucked out of nowhere by a Californian fruit company serving their own interests. Generally the advice sets a bench mark so that we make more effort than we otherwise would have, but common sense is usually just as effective.
Listen to the full programme here. Segment begins at 3:25.33.