Dr Oliver Williams and Will Ruff

The Price of Inequality: Health is a Social Issue

Health is undoubtedly influenced by choices people make. However, we must also consider the circumstances in which choices are made. Social inequalities and environmental conditions significantly impact health and define the freedom with which people act. Despite this poor health is regularly framed as the result of bad choices made by irresponsible individuals. My research explores how social inequality influences health. It demonstrates why people who live in deprived areas tend to die much younger than those living in more affluent areas. Focusing on the ‘choices’ of individuals obscures the bigger picture: health is a social issue and inequality kills.

Dr Oliver Williams - Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

Will Ruff - University of Plymouth


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