Define Health. What is positive health? What are the criteria of good physical health?

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Definition: According to WHO

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being not merely the absence of disease or infirmity that enable a person to lead a socially and economically productive life.”


Positive health: A person who enjoys health at three planes like good physical, mental and social wellbeing is said to be in a state of positive health.

The state of positive health implies the notion of perfect functioning of the body and mind.

Criteria of good positive health:

  1. Normal Appetite: Feeling hungry at meal times, being able to taste and smell the food, consuming the proper amount of food.


  1. Bowel movements: Twice per day (or more) as many times as we eat is how many times we should have a movement. Stools should be firm and long, brown in color; feeling of having adequately emptied the bowels necessary.


  1. Proper urination: Five to seven times daily. The color should be pale yellow and an adequate amount of urine and force to expel the urine is necessary.


  1. Proper sleep pattern: The ability to sleep through the night without waking up and feeling adequately rested upon arising.


  1. Cool face, warm hand & feet: Face should feel comfortably cool, not hot, back of hands and feet should feel cool while palms and soles feel warm.


      6. The special senses are intact.

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