The word “health” refers to a state of complete emotional and physical well-being. Healthcare exists to help people maintain this optimal state of health.
In 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health with a phrase that is still used today.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” WHO, 1948.
In 1986, the WHO further clarified that health is:
“A resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.”
This means that health is a resource to support an individual’s function in wider society. A healthful lifestyle provides the means to lead a full life.
Factors for Good Health
Health is an aspect which depends on various factors, as a person is born with a range of genes and in some people, an unusual genetic pattern can lead to a less than optimum level of health. Environmental factors also play a major role. At times the environment is solely responsible for our bad health conditions. Other times an environment can definitely trigger an illness in a person who is genetically influenced. Healthcare centers also play a very big role as the world health organization is very particular about the healthcare centre and providing proper amenities to different areas so that people can lead a healthy and happy life.
Cultural issues can often disrupt one’s health. The traditions and customs of a particular society may sometime have a big impact on someone’s health. It also depends how a person handles stress, people who have bad habits like smoking, drinking or taking drugs to get over with their problems are likely to have more health problems than someone who combats stress with a healthy diet and exercise.
The social status of an individual also plays a big role in maintaining a good health. Money socioeconomically stable means more chances of reaching out a health care center during any kind of illness or emergency. whereas a lot of people who are poor and lie below the average socioeconomic level suffer largely due to diseases not getting treated at the right time. It also brings us to the next factor, that is illiteracy. It is another major factor for developing and underdeveloped nations as the people hardly get to spend on food and clothing and cannot afford their kids to provide a good education which is required. Proper education teaches us hygiene and the things we need to be cautious about our health but due to illiteracy, people fall into these traps time and again.