Today I want to talk about the definition of Health!
The WHO’s definition of health has been the target of criticism in the medical literature since its first appearance in 1948.
What is health…?
A Curious Reader and many of you ask: What’s the definition of Health?
According to the World Health Organization, (The WHO)….Health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The apparent fullness of this definition carries a powerful intuitive appeal: A comprehensive definition of Health should cover all aspects of life, it would seem.
However, the WHO definition has been the target of criticism in the medical literature since its first appearance in that organization’s constitution in 1948. The American bioethicist Daniel Callahan, for instance, writes for The Hastings Center Studies (Callahan’s own institution) that “one of the grandest games” in the field of medicine “is that version of king-of-the-hill where the aim of all players is to upset the World Health Organization definition of ‘health.’ ”
Citing the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s famous aphorism “meaning is use,” Callahan goes on to rehearse a handful of well-known problems with the WHO definition, including: (1) that it is hopelessly vague; (2) that it casts “the medical profession” and “the psychological profession in the role of high priests;” and (3) that is has the potential for misuse in the hands of Savonarola-style moralists, who will simply reframe their agendas in the language of “mental and social well-being.”
For Callahan, the possibility of tyranny by the medical profession is reason enough to be cantankerous about what might seem like mere semantics.
Writing in 1973, Callahan acknowledged that, in making these points, he was already “beating a dead horse.” Nevertheless, the same WHO definition endures, maintaining a place of prominence in the official documents governing a major international institution. And for Callahan, the possibility of tyranny by the medical profession is reason enough to be cantankerous about what might seem like mere semantics.
But it’s easy enough to criticize. What definition would Callahan have us use instead? Ultimately, he suggests that simpler is better: Health means physical health, full stop. “The image of a physically well body is a powerful one and, used carefully, it can be suggestive of the kind of wholeness and adequacy of function one might hope to see in other areas of life,” he concludes.
So today this definition is still getting confused ..!
Me as a Sxefit machine and 37 years of age can do a lot of physical things that still surprises me,
I can walk my hands do the splits, taught myself to pole dance, aerial hoop and silks and have created 11 fitness classes that I teach every week day in day out by myself
I train anywhere up to 8 hours a day I run a business/empire I’ve never suffered with depression or mental health. And life has been challenging than most, I eat more than any woman and never get ill I think I got that chest infection about 3 years ago but still carried on working with just 1 afternoon off ..! I don’t drink at all, I don’t do DRUGS or SMOKE For the first time I injured my knee at 37 never had one injury in all my years but the love of high heeled trainers meant when I was dancing I unfortunately went over! I’ve fully rehabilitated it and carried on working where most would have been laid up
Can most of you say that….???
I don’t expect people to walk on their hands but everyday I get fitter and healthier because I choose health over wealth and exterior wealth that is what is important to me
The bank couldn’t believe when I did a budget on how much I spent on food…!
I would never ever, ever in my life since I started exercising from a young age would I go a day without some form of movement let alone a WEEK, 2WEEKS, months even years …?So I’m reaching out to anyone who wants to make a real change Sxefit doesn’t just change bodies it can change your life and I think I’m the true definition of health WHO would agree…?
Click me! and become the definition of health #sxefitmachine