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Simon John Howard is a public health physician working in the North East of England. He has authored or co-authored a number of articles on public health in medical journals, and served as Public Health Registrar to Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies from 2013-2014, acting as Editor-in-Chief of the 2012 Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer.


Howard qualified as a medical doctor with the degree MBBS from Newcastle University in 2008. He was awarded an MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research from Newcastle University in 2011.[1]

He has authored and co-authored articles which criticise current nutritional labelling practices in the UK,[2][3] and on topics related to respiratory,[4][5] and ophthalmic health.[6] From 2013-2014, Howard served as Public Health Registrar to Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies, and acted as Editor-in-Chief of the 2012 Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer.[7][8] He has contributed to or co-authored a number of other works with Davies.[9][10]

In 2012, Howard co-wrote a study in the British Medical Journal that compared the nutritional content of television chefs' recipes and supermarket meals. The study found that the chefs' meals were "less healthy" than ready-made supermarket meals.[11] The article received considerable coverage in the news media,[12][13][14][15] while some scholars criticised the assumption that "health ought to prominently inform TV cooking."[16][17]

In 2010, Howard re-published a compilation of his political blog posts in a book titled Instant Opinion.[18]


  1. ^ Biography on
  2. ^ Howard, S. J. (2015). "An Observational Study Of Practice Among Food Manufacturers In Defining Serving Sizes Of Chocolate Confectionery Products Sold In UK Supermarkets". International Journal of Nutrition. 1 (4): 1–7. doi:10.14302/issn.2379-7835.ijn-15-880.
  3. ^ Howard, Simon J (2016). "Labelling food with the exercise needed to expend its calories may lack integrity when activity is summed over the course of a whole day". BMJ: i2430. doi:10.1136/bmj.i2430.
  4. ^ Funston, Wendy; Howard, Simon J. (2016). "A cross-sectional questionnaire study of the rules governing pupils' carriage of inhalers for asthma treatment in secondary schools in North East England". PeerJ. 4: e2006. doi:10.7717/peerj.2006. PMC 4860314. PMID 27168999.
  5. ^ Funston, W.; Howard, S.J. (2015). "Uptake of the emergency salbutamol inhaler in North East England secondary schools following amendment of the Human Medicines Regulations". Thorax. 70 (A124): A124.1–A124. doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2015-207770.234.
  6. ^ "Verteporfin (Visudyne®) photo-dynamic therapy in the management of chronic central serous chorioretinopathy" (PDF). Northern Treatment Advisory Group. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  7. ^ Biography on
  8. ^ "Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012" (PDF). Department of Health. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  9. ^ Davies, SC (2013). The Drugs Don't Work. Penguin. ISBN 978-0-241-96919-9.
  10. ^ Howard, S. J.; Davies, S. C. (2014). "Chief medical officer urges action to tackle overweight and obesity". BMJ. 348: g2375. doi:10.1136/bmj.g2375. PMID 24677657.
  11. ^ Howard, S.; Adams, J.; White, M. (2012). "Nutritional content of supermarket ready meals and recipes by television chefs in the United Kingdom: Cross sectional study". BMJ. 345: e7607. doi:10.1136/bmj.e7607. PMC 3524368. PMID 23247976.
  12. ^ "Ready meals 'healthier' than TV chefs' fare". BBC News. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  13. ^ "TV chefs' recipes may be less healthy than ready meals, study finds". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Experts turn up heat on celebrity chef recipes". ABC News. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  15. ^ "TV chef recipes 'less healthy than ready meals'". Metro. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  16. ^ Penders, B. (2013). "Television chefs aim for taste and appeal, not health". BMJ. 346: f240. doi:10.1136/bmj.f240. PMID 23321731.
  17. ^ Gard M and Pluim C (2014). Schools and Public Health. Lexington Books. ISBN 978-0-7391-7258-2.
  18. ^ Howard, SJ (2010). Instant Opinion. Lulu Press. ISBN 1-84753-446-5.

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