Definition Of Public Health

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Health is considered a basic and dynamic force within daily life. The World Health Organisation (1948) defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Although dated this definition of health is predominantly used to date within literature, however, does receive criticism for being idealistic (Green 2015).

As a discipline public health protects, preserves and promotes the health of people (Hanlon et al. 2012). The definition of public health has stood the test of time as cited by (Winslow 1920) as "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts and informed choices of society, organisations, public and private, communities and individuals".
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Impact, prevalence, epidemiology, aetiology, policy, identification, assessment and addressing the obesity crisis will be critiqued and explored. The author practices within the community field of nursing, engaging with public health issues such as obesity on a daily basis. It is therefore logical to further develop an understanding of this issue to enable reflection and gain skill and knowledge for future

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