Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its inception in 1948, is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Of course, this definition may or may not measure up to what health entails in reality. But, for broad, general understanding, this definition will suit admirably. The term “health” here is taken as to refer to “good health”.
Health can be grouped into three main categories:
Most people assume that a person is wholly healthy if he is physically healthy, though this is far from the truth. A person is said to be physically healthy when he has adequate physical exercise, a good diet which supplies the required nutrition and also enough rest. The physical health of a person varies according to location, climate, heredity and other factors. Physical health, or rather the lack of it, has become a major problem for humanity across the world.
Mental health is linked closely to social well being. When a person is able to cope with all the stresses of life, is productive, is able to apply himself to the best of his ability and has a developed sense of self esteem, he can be referred to as mentally healthy.
Because of the fast paced lifestyle of today, a far greater number of people are facing mental health challenges than ever before.
Social well being
When a person has built strong relationships within the community, he enjoys emotional and mental support. This support system fosters a feeling a well being, and contributes to his mental health. If a person feels he belongs, he experiences social well being.
Only a combination of constant physical health, mental health and social well being can ensure that a person becomes and remains healthy.