Health is not just a word that characterizes the absence of disease, since this concept involves broader aspects, such as physical, mental and social well-being. In view of these aspects, it is clear that health promotion depends on individual behaviors and also on aspects of a collective dimension, the latter being an issue closely related to public policies.
In this context, providing people with decent living conditions is a determining factor in preventing ill health – which does not mean that we should expect only external interventions so that, in fact, we achieve good health.
The term “good shape” can be related to several meanings, such as a harmonic, muscular or thin body; good acceptance of the body, even in situations in which physical form contradicts the aesthetic standards imposed by society; the relentless search for a “perfect body”, at any cost; be active; absence…
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