Produced for the Debating Matters competition, this topic guide provides information, further reading and web links on the topic of promoting healthy behaviour. Should economic incentives be used to promote healthy behaviour.
‘Lifestyle diseases’ include illnesses such as smoking-related cancers and lung and heart disease caused by obesity. Aside from the impact on personal health, the cost to the public purse is significant; with the NHS paying out billions of pounds a year on treatments. The debate around incentives reflects a broader discussion about the changing face of public health.
Some ask whether concerns about lifestyle have led to a ‘moralisation’ of health and an over-emphasis on individual behaviour whilst others argue it is imperative to experiment with new measures to improve public health.
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