Health imperialism

Peter Conrad wrote about the social phenomenon of having people’s lives controlled by diktats (allegedly) based on epidemiological studies, coming up with the (by his own admission) awkward monicker “healthicization”. More modestly, I wrote about this as well and had similar naming difficulties, having later settling on “health imperialism”. This is a process with similarities and overlaps with the concept of medicalization, but with overarching implications (I wrote an essay discussing these concepts, open access here).

This article, recently published in The Guardian, is a good exploration of the issue: The scientific study has become a flawed manual for living.

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