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Whose risk? Whose choice? Whose health?

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Whose job is it to ensure that we lead a healthy life? Who should help us not to eat or drink to much, to take exercise, and to protect our chlidren and ourselves against disease? Is it entirely up to us as individuals or does the state also have a role to play? Two typical, contradictory, responses are “We don’t want the nanny state interfering with our lives” and “It’s about time the Government did something”. I will discuss an ethical framework for considering such questions and explore the interplay between scientific evidence, ethics and politics in deciding how to respond to the challenge of public health.

This talk is part of the SciSoc – Cambridge University Scientific Society series.

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