What is Health?
What is health? It is an important question to answer. While an absence of disease may not be unhealthy, it excludes the majority of people in old age from being healthy. In fact, the very definition of “health” excludes an entire segment of life. This lack of understanding further complicates the quest for a societal definition of health. The answer lies in the fact that health is more than a simple state of well-being; it must encompass a nation’s population.
The founding constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as a state of total well-being and the absence of disease. The constitution was meant to provide a more empowering vision of health, going beyond the simplistic view of health as absence of disease. Rather, the concept of health is now associated with the ability to cope with stress and manage one’s life. Hence, it is important to consider the genetic and environmental factors that can affect a person’s health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has a constitution that defines health as the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. According to this constitution, health is a full, wholesome state of mind. The writers were aware that our health was not simply the absence of disease. Instead, it includes a variety of mental and physical resources. These resources help us cope with stress, learn new skills, and manage our relationships. In other words, health is our ability to deal with life’s ups and downs.
In our society, there is no universal standard of health. The World Health Organization defines health as the state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing. It focuses on the ‘completeness of health’ concept, but it is unrealistic and can be counterproductive. It fails to consider the existence of disabilities and chronic illnesses. As a result, it contributes to overmedicalization of the society. The aim of promoting health is to create a healthy society for all people.
The World Health Organization defines health as “complete physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.” By contrast, the World Health Organisation does not define health as a state of being ‘complete’. In fact, health is the state of having an overall positive mental, emotional, and social state. The word ‘complete’ is misleading, as it is a ‘complete’ condition. It’s not healthy at all. ‘complete’ is an illusion, and there is no such thing as ‘complete health’.
The World Health Organization’s constitution defines health as a “complete physical and psychological well-being” and aims to promote health as a right for every person. Its mission is to make the world a healthier place by increasing people’s chances of surviving and thriving. The right to a healthy life is not only a good one. It is also a human right. But, in reality, health is more than a matter of ‘physical’ and mental and emotional well-being.