Why is health difficult to define? Discuss, drawing on different models of health.

Health is perhaps one of the most difficult words to define. Even after many years ofdiscussion, philosophers, politicians, medics, and various literary critics have all struggled to set a perfect definition for it. Originating from the old English word for heal: "hael" andthe even older Greek word for health: "hygeia" , the definition of the word health remains up to this day a crucial aspect of ones everyday life.

Indeed, determining whether ornot someone is healthy is not an easy matter but it is more than necessary in order to take consequences. Health is personal, social and emotional. It touches everyone in an importantway. It is crucial to realise the importance of the definition as it definitely has an impact on how a nation, and even a region allocates its resources. For most people healthbecomes a topic of interest only in its absence. This is the negative definition of health. The positive definition of health is much different. It is viewed as a capacity, an optimisticview, where health is a state of well-being. The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) shares this definition and characterises health as "a state of complete physical, mental andsocial well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".(1946). Although the definition sounds good and complete, many critics such as professor Niyi Awofeso argue that theW.H.O. definition of health is "utopian, inflexible, and unrealistic, and that including the word 'complete' in the definition makes it highly unlikely that anyone would be healthy fora reasonable period of time."

Descartes, the father of modern philosophy interestingly mentions illness and health in his pursuite to prove that the mind is seperate from the [à continuer]

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