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Describe different concepts of health

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P2 describe different concepts of health Health was considered to be a divine gift before the Greek philosopher Hippocrates known as the father of medicine, changed people's perception and advocated that doctors should use observation as the basis for acquiring knowledge about health. He also advanced understanding of how external factors would impact on health and well-being, for example, sanitation, diet and personal hygiene. He believed that to achieve health four fluids within the body, blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm need to be in balance if they were not ill. Negative concept of health People do not consider their state of health or think of themselves as healthy in their daily life. For people being health means not having anything wrong with you, any illnesses, diseases or injuries. ...read more.


Those who have positive concept of health might describe the feeling of being healthy as having energy to be active and being physically fit. However as well as physical well-being emotional well-being should be considered. Living a health lifestyle including balancing all the factors in our lives which potentially cause stress with those that can help us to relax is a dominant idea. Women are more likely to use the word healthy relating to their social relationships with others and being able to cope with these such as looking after the family or managing children's behaviour positively. Many people also consider that being health means being able to work, play and active role within their family, community or society, being useful and helping others. Holistic concept of health To being healthy means considering the whole person, their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being as well as how they ...read more.


World Health Organisation Definition In 1946 the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined heath as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity". The first international conference clarified the definition regarding health and health promotion as well as what was required for health to exist in society. For health promotion they came up with a holistic view of health which took into consideration the active and changing nature of health and the impact of social and environmental factors. It said to reach a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and individual or group must be able to identify and to realise aspiration, to satisfy needs and to change or cope with the environment. Health is therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasising social and personal resources as well as physical capacities. ...read more.

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