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World Health Organization : World Health Forum, 1991 ; Volume 12 No. 1, Year 1991, Pages 87-89: Does He Take Sugar?

By Marsden Wagner

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Title: World Health Organization : World Health Forum, 1991 ; Volume 12 No. 1, Year 1991, Pages 87-89: Does He Take Sugar?  
Author: Marsden Wagner
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Language: English
Subject: Health., Public health, Wellness programs
Collections: Medical Library Collection, World Health Collection
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Publisher: World Health Organization

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Wagner, M. (n.d.). World Health Organization : World Health Forum, 1991 ; Volume 12 No. 1, Year 1991, Pages 87-89. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Medical Reference Publication

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Health promotion examines the various attitude in Western society explains why assumptions and beliefs underlying medical there are so many joggers on our streets and care. One assumption is that health is body-builders in our health clubs. desirable and that chronic illness or handicap is undesirable. Health is regarded as normal, disease or illness or handicap as abnormal. Chronic illness, according to this view, represents failure in both the individual and the health care system, because a perfect health care system would be able to cure everything. Chronic illness is even considered a social failure, because in an ideal society everyone would be perfectly healthy. This way of thinking is sometimes called healthism. WHO, with its definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, is partly responsible for this opinion. On this basis it is but a small step to believing that the Another tenet flows from the first: any health deviance, illness or handicap should be corrected as far as possible. If a person has a chronic illness or is handicapped, the focus is on the illness or disability and a great effort is made to restore or create what is defined as normal. I used to work in clinics for physically handicapped children. Enormous amounts of money, time and energy were spent on physical abnormalities. For example, we had children who were spastic and could not walk, and we worked for years trying to get them to take a few steps. strong and physically fit are better people than the weak and unfit. This widespread

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