Would a fairer society mean a healthier one?

The message comes from the well-meaning, like cancer councils and other health organisations, as well as the more commercially motivated, such as those retailing vitamins and the ‘lifestyles’ promoted by glossy magazine advertisements.

But this focus on healthy lifestyles, and its subtext that an individual’s health is largely a function of the personal choices they make, has a powerful downside.

It doesn’t begin to acknowledge the adverse health consequences of forces that are largely beyond any one person’s control – like the impact of racism, trauma, and childhood abuse and