#363: Public Health Policy vs. Personal Responsibility: Evidence vs. Ideology

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Today's Topic in Focus: Public Health Policy vs. Individual Responsibility [07:29]

In this episode Danny and Alan discuss the evidence for public health nutrition interventions, how health inequalities are driven by socioeconomic factors, and how ideology and simplistic rhetoric about "personal responsibility" can get in the way.

References:

  1. Rose, 2001 - Sick individuals and sick populations
  2. Marmot, 2020 - Society and the slow burn of inequality
  3. Mozaffarian et al., 2018 - Role of government policy in nutrition—barriers to and opportunities for healthier eating
  4. Wright et al., 2017 - Policy lessons from health taxes: a systematic review of empirical studies
  5. Vallgarda, 2012 - Nudge—A new and better way to improve health?
  6. Schnellenback, 2012 - Nudges and norms: On the political economy of soft paternalism
  7. Bonell et al., 2011 - Nudge smudge: UK Government misrepresents “nudge”
  8. Hyseni et al., 2017 - The effects of policy actions to improve population dietary patterns and prevent diet-related non-communicable diseases: scoping review
  9. Hernandez-Aguado & Zaragoza, 2016 - Support of public–private partnerships in health promotion and conflicts of interest
  10. Mendez Lopez et al., 2017 - Is trade liberalisation a vector for the spread of sugar-sweetened beverages?
  11. Martuzzi, 2007 - The precautionary principle: in action for public health
  12. Adams & White, 2005 - When the population approach to prevention puts the health of individuals at risk
  13. Panjwani & Caraher, 2014 - The Public Health Responsibility Deal: Brokering a deal for public health, but on whose terms?
  14. Zulman et al., 2008 - The Relative Merits of Population-Based and Targeted Prevention Strategies
  15. Lloyd-Williams et al., 2014 - Smorgasbord or symphony? Assessing public health nutrition policies across 30 European countries using a novel framework

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