Health inequalities: the need to move beyond bad behaviours

Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi, Martin Higgins, Katherine Elizabeth Smith, Gareth Williams

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    Health inequalities have been observed internationally across a number of dimensions (including, eg, socioeconomic position, ethnicity and gender) and have persisted over time.1 The lack of progress in addressing them has disappointed many within public health, particularly given an apparent prioritisation of health inequalities in UK policy.2 Building on recent research highlighting the limitations of addressing health inequalities by trying to change health behaviours of individuals,3 we argue that attempts to tackle health inequalities are impeded by the current framing that dominates much public health policy and research. We suggest some alternative ways forward.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)715-716
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2013


    • health inequalities
    • lifestyles
    • behaviours
    • social determinants of health
    • material-structural


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