Identifying the Determinants of Health

Health is a condition of mental, physical and emotional well-being where infirmity and illness are absent. The pursuit of a sound and healthy lifestyle is often associated with a healthy body, mind and spirit and a proper balance between these three aspects is very important for a healthy lifestyle. Many of the diseases and ailments of modern society are the result of unhealthy lifestyles as the bulk of our population clings to fast food and processed foods and engages in hazardous behaviors like smoking, drinking, overeating and stress. The fact that a person is considered physically fit has little to do with his or her level of self-esteem and can impact their health in a negative way.

For an individual to maintain a healthy lifestyle and attain optimal health status, it is important to make lifestyle choices that lead to good health. A number of factors have been linked with poor health status including genetics, environment, diet, habits, occupation and gender. All of these components can be controlled or altered to lead to optimal health. There are various determinants that have been used to measure different aspects of an individual’s lifestyle and health status and are broadly categorized as physiological, psychological and behavioral. The determinants also depend on the type of disorder a person may be suffering from; for instance, there are several determinants that are associated with psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.

The study of human anatomy and physiology is one of the major influences on our overall health status. Studying the variations in body size, shape and weight of humans and their susceptibility to diseases and disorders allow researchers to better understand the relationship between body size, shape and function and the susceptibility to various diseases and disorders. Similarly, studying the effects of different lifestyle choices on health status and disease susceptibility allows researchers to distinguish between healthy lifestyle choices and poor choices that may lead to debilitating illnesses and disorders. Researchers have used a variety of measurements and methods to study health and disease.

Another major factor contributing to good health is the social environment. In this context, it is important to note that people determine their environments through the types of relationships they have, the places they go to, the influence they have on others and the experiences they gain. The study of human behaviors and determinants has shown that the attitudes and behavior of a person can greatly affect his or her level of health and susceptibility to illness. For instance, a person who has a supportive and sympathetic relationship with his or her family has lower risks of suffering from a chronic illness. Likewise, a person who develops high confidence and high social skill in his or her profession is more likely to enjoy a higher quality of life and better physical health.

Finally, the study of the determinants of health has also affected other areas of public health and research on the determinants of health has become an important part of understanding human health. For instance, research has shown that factors such as gender and genetics have significant effects on whether a person suffers from a specific disease or develops a certain mental disorder. Public health experts also believe that culture and beliefs have much impact on people’s susceptibility to diseases. Thus, studying the different determinants of health and the impact of these determinants have on the public’s health is becoming more important.

One of the most critical determinants of health is diet. A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables is believed to reduce the risk of developing several diseases that can be life threatening. However, it is difficult to eat only fruits and vegetables. Also, a diet rich in fiber is necessary to ensure that the digestive system functions properly and that the waste products are eliminated in the appropriate ways. Thus, it is important to incorporate occupational health practices and to use prescribed tools for improving occupational safety and health. These measures are aimed at reducing the number of cases of disease caused by disease or disability caused by health problems.