Changing your health behaviour: regulate or not?

Els Maeckelberghe, Martin McKee

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The overwhelming message of the EPH-conference is that taking health inequalities seriously demands a portfolio of approaches. Regulating health behaviour is neither a choice for liberalism (self- regulation) nor for paternalism (interventionism). Regulation and fiscal policies are essential but they must be accompanied by measures to empower people and to hold accountable those (policy-makers at local, national and European levels) who may make populations vulnerable. These policy-makers would have benefited greatly from listening to the discussions among public health researchers at the EPH in Glasgow.
It is now our task to take these messages to them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-31.
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Health Behaviour, Self-regulation, Interventionism, Vulnerability, Accountability

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