On regulation and the food industry

I came across a short article in PLoS Medicine recently which outlines why working with the food industry without regulation won’t reduce obesity on its own. Before I tell you what made me write this post, have a quick look over what the (excellent) article said: You can access the article here (only a page…

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…

How to take the road less travelled by?

In my last post, I talked about how governments and councils have a responsibility to make our environments conducive to health. Now I don’t actually believe that they are unaware, or even unsympathetic to this responsibility; I believe that the reason they do not act on this responsibility fully is simply because it’s actually a…

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…