The concepts of health are many and varied, and they can be defined as the ability to cope with, and cope effectively with, challenges presented to the human body. Health, according to the World Health Organization, “is a state of full physical, mental and emotional well-being and not just the absence of sickness and disease.” Various definitions have been applied to the concepts of health by different individuals, communities, and the scientific community over the years. Some have even been incorporated into some governmental health programmes in an attempt to provide better services for the population as a whole.
One major challenge facing today’s society is obesity or the growing problem of overweight and obesity among people from developed countries. Developed nations have high levels of heart diseases, diabetes, tooth decay, sleep disorders, cancers and other health problems that mirror those of the developing countries. While it may be natural for people to see the problems of others around them, in the long run, this will only have a detrimental effect on their own health. This is why it is important to develop a culture of good health behaviours amongst all people, both in the personal and professional aspects of life. An overall healthy lifestyle may be difficult to achieve for some people due to the cultural differences, but it is crucial for everyone to try and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Developing the understanding of one’s own health and wellbeing is vital to achieving good health. Improving general wellbeing through diet, exercise, stress management, stress reduction and fitness is essential to reducing your risk factors of developing a range of diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some forms of anxiety disorder. By making some lifestyle and nutritional changes along with a good diet and exercise regime, you can improve your overall health and wellbeing.