Promoting Healthy Behavior: How Much Freedom? Whose Responsibility?

Promoting Healthy Behavior: How Much Freedom? Whose Responsibility?

Promoting Healthy Behavior: How Much Freedom? Whose Responsibility?

Promoting Healthy Behavior: How Much Freedom? Whose Responsibility?

Synopsis

North American scholars of health and ethics raise questions about the role of the state and employers in trying to change health related behavior, such as diet, exercise, and safe sexual practices, and whether or not these efforts are either beneficial (for health or economic reasons), or ethical. Throughout the book the idea of the idea of the ambivalence of Americans regarding public health programs is discussed.

Excerpt

This book is the result of a two-year research project on the ethical and social dilemmas of health promotion and disease prevention. the project was carried out jointly by the Hastings Center and the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics. It was supported by grants from the California Wellness Foundation and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund of San Francisco. We are particularly grateful to Barbara Koenig, executive director of the Stanford Center, and to her colleagues for their help in the organization of the project and for serving as hosts of our meetings in California. Meredith Minkler was enormously helpful in identifying just the right people for the project. We also want to thank Mark Hanson of the Hastings Center for his work in preparing this book for publication. the authors of the papers in the volume were all participants in the project. They were an interesting, lively, and informative group, and we all profited from our time together.

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