We’ve come a long way – adverts from the past.

Today I’m just going to show you a few adverts from the 20th century, that show how our mindsets and adverts have changed. There are adverts showing McDonalds meals and talking about balance, how a fizzy drink is for babies, what cigarette brand are doctors’ favourites and how snacking is time is anytime! I found…

Feminism is a public health issue

Many people would describe themselves as feminists. There are not a lot of people around in the western world who don’t support equality for women. Over the past 100 years women have progressed from obtaining the vote, to equal opportunities, and the right to equal pay. While these are all laudable and important achievements, the…

The ethics of changing social norms

This blog is all about population level health, but populations are made up of individuals, and there are times when this can cause a dilemma for some of us. Preventing many diseases involves individuals behaving in a certain way. Health behaviour is determined by many things: our environment (as discussed in my first post) our…

Health is a human right

The aim of public health is to improve the health of populations.┬áIt focuses upstream, on preventing ill-health and promoting environments where full health can be achieved. However, public health is traditionally part of the medical profession, a subject that takes a very individual approach to health and disease. While this is entirely suitable for the…