Paternalism and Health Law: Legal Promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle

European Journal of Risk Regulation, issue 3, 2013, pp. 347-363

Posted: 25 Sep 2013

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Fernando Dias Simões

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2013

Abstract

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 several 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.

Suggested Citation

Dias Simões, Fernando, Paternalism and Health Law: Legal Promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle (September 1, 2013). European Journal of Risk Regulation, issue 3, 2013, pp. 347-363, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2330704

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