This coming week I will be presenting a paper at the 2nd HEC Paris Workshop on Regulation: Regulating Lifestyle Risks in Europe – The Case of Alcohol, Tobacco, Unhealthy Diets & Gambling.
Here is the abstract:
Paternalism and Health Law: legal promotion of a healthy lifestyle
Research in lifestyle risks is becoming more and more important, particularly with reference to what is generally known as “unhealthy diets”. The Law is now firmly established as a prominent instrument of Public Health. There are several distinctive methods of legal intervention targeted at counteracting overweight and promoting healthier lifestyles. In this paper we examine the varied measures that have been adopted and discuss whether Law should foster healthy diets. Our purpose is to examine the threats of falling into a paternalistic attitude when devising any regulatory intervention aimed at promoting a healthier lifestyle.
You can read the full paper here.