Reactions to today’s news on sugary hot drinks

So today the Action on Sugar campaign group have released their findings on how much sugar is in some hot drinks sold at coffee shops and the like. I follow a lot of public health people on twitter and I thought I would share with you a few of the most interesting posts I have seen.…

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…

Reflections on interdisciplinary working

Working at the boundaries of disciplines can be frustrating, but good things can also come out of it. My undergraduate degree was in Anthropology, with a specialisation in biological anthropology. I believe this training was incredibly relevant to public health, but anthropology is a discipline which is often viewed with suspicion or confused looks in…

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. It 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…