Facets of Overall Health

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Facets of Overall Health

When one thinks of health, it is often associated with physical well being. Most believe good

health is achieved by good levels of energy, fewer illnesses and trips to the doctor and normal organ

functioning. However, this is only one aspect of a persons health. Mental illness, spiritual beliefs, living

conditions and socio-economic levels, all play important roles when it comes to determining a person's


Health is a social construction comprised of cultural beliefs, statistics and morbidity rate within

a culture, gender, class, education and religion; all of which determine our individual opinion and

reality of what health really is. For example, some people are naturally skinny and have a hard time

gaining weight where others are on the opposite end of that spectrum. Body size, type, muscular

density are all factors in determining how physically healthy we are. But, there is also the question of

cultural beliefs. In the western societies, the media places a lot of emphasis on being skinny, as this is

what is considered beautiful. Other societies do not share the same opinion and may believe extra body

weight is a sign of good health.

Many sociologists have attempted to break down the idea of health in each society, by

developing model systems within different cultural parameters. For example, the Biomedical Model is

most prevalent in the Western world, and it views the
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